500 East Windmill Lane, Suite 155
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Just south of McCarran Airport. Across the street from VonsView Larger Map
MALARIA PRESCRIPTIONS is a division of The Vaccine Center and Travel Medical Clinic™.
500 East Windmill Lane, Suite 155
Las Vegas, NV 89123
2051 N. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89108
The Vaccine Center and Travel Medicine Clinic is the largest travel medicine clinic in Nevada. The Clinic is supervised by Board Certified doctors here in Las Vegas. We provide comprehensive immunization services including all vaccines available in the US for work, school, travel, and general health.
We are designated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as an Authorized US Yellow Fever Vaccine Clinic.
The Vaccine Center and Travel Medicine Clinic provides comprehensive Travel Medicine Consultations by reviewing each client’s specific itinerary, previous immunizations, medical history, allergies and contraindications, and then offer the following:
In addition to providing all travel vaccinations available in the United States, we also provide malaria prescription, when indicated. Since there’s no current malaria vaccination available in the world, anti-malaria medication taken during and after your visit to a country with malaria, may often be the only source of protection.
At The Vaccine Center and Travel Medicine Clinic we review each client’s specific travel plans, travel activity, itinerary, medical history, age, allergies and contraindications. Based on this information, we evaluate your exposure risk for contracting malaria on your trip and how to best minimize the risk for getting Malaria.
If indicated, we will write prescription for anti-malaria medication to be taken during and right after your trip. There are several anti-malarial medications on the market. We discuss the efficacy, side effects profile, and cost of the medications that best suits you and your trip. Once we pick a medication, we counsel you on the how to take the medication, side effect profile, etc. We provide you with literature on the medication to refer to as needed.
In addition, we provide guidance and counseling on insect precautions, insect repellents and other mosquito avoidance measures
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented. About 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year. The vast majority of cases in the United States are in travelers and immigrants returning from parts of the world where malaria transmission occurs, including sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
The World Health Organization estimates that in 2008, 190 – 311 million clinical cases of malaria occurred, and 708,000 – 1,003,000 people died of malaria, most of them children in Africa. Because malaria causes so much illness and death, the disease is a great drain on many national economies. Since many countries with malaria are already among the poorer nations, the disease maintains a vicious cycle of disease and poverty.
Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems worldwide. It is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, where young children and pregnant women are the groups most affected. 3.3 billion people (half the world’s population) live in areas at risk of malaria transmission in 109 countries and territories
The risk for a traveler contracting malaria differs substantially from region to region and from traveler to traveler, even within a single country, based upon travelers’ behaviors and circumstances.
There is no accepted method of quantifying the risk and no numerical value for a risk threshold beyond which chemoprophylaxis (Anti–Malaria medications) is or is not recommended. Thus experience and judgment are required in assessing the factors described below to arrive at the best prevention strategy for the individual traveler.
A travel or tropical medicine specialist can be an excellent source of guidance when making these decisions. Depending on level of risk, it may be appropriate to recommend no specific interventions, mosquito avoidance measures only, or mosquito avoidance measures plus chemoprophylaxis (Anti–Malaria medications).
For the risk-averse traveler, remember that even in low risk settings, it only takes one bite from an infective female Anopheles mosquito to transmit malaria.
Malaria risk is not distributed homogeneously throughout all countries. Some destinations have malaria transmission occurring throughout the whole country, while in others it occurs in defined pockets. If travelers are going to the high-risk pockets during peak transmission times, even though the country as a whole may be low risk, this destination for this individual may be high risk. In some countries with significant seasonal shifts in temperature or rainfall, malaria transmission intensity may decrease during the colder or drier months of the year. Based on knowledge of the climactic conditions in some lower risk sub-tropical or temperate destinations, travelers may choose mosquito avoidance measures only, for example, during the winter months.
It is important to assess factors such as the types of accommodations and activities as well as the reason and duration of travel as a part of the risk assessment. For example, short-term business travelers staying in air-conditioned hotels may be at lower risk than backpackers or adventure travelers.
Because malaria-transmitting mosquitoes are most active at night, include an assessment of the likelihood that the travelers might be spending time outdoors in the evenings for dining or entertainment. Longer durations of stay in a malaria-endemic area may also increase the chance that an individual might become infected.
The Vaccine Center and Travel Medicine Clinic has ALL the recommended and/or required vaccines needed for your travel:
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