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Malaria

About this service

Malaria is a serious disease that can be life threatening. It is caused by parasites passed on by mosquitoes. Most commonly found in tropical and subtropical areas of the world where it is hot and humid, like parts of Africa and South Asia.

People who get Malaria can be very sick with high fever, shaking chills, and flu-like symptoms. According to Centers of Disease Control (CDC), about 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year. Many of those cases are travelers who did not take the proper precautions before leaving on their trip.

The good news is that there are ways to protect yourself and reduce your risks of getting malaria. Whether traveling for business or pleasure or to visit family and friends, it is important to be prepared. We can help you protect yourself and your family before leaving on a trip.

What to know before your visit

No medicine can give you 100% protection from getting malaria. It must be combined with the use of personal protective measures such as using mosquito repellent, wearing longsleeved shirts or long pants and sleeping under a mosquito net.

Patients with the following may be directed to another health care setting:

  • Pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant
  • Anyone presenting with complaints that may suggest exposure to malaria
  • Anyone presenting with side effects from current malaria prevention treatment

What to expect at your visit

  1. Sign in at the electronic kiosk to see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.* No appointment necessary.
  2. Your practitioner will review your medical history, assess your country of designation, provide risks and benefits of malaria vaccines, and discuss mosquito avoidance tips.
  3. You will be provided with a personalized prevention plan. Your treatment will be based on the level of risk as determined by where you will be traveling to. It may include mosquito prevention or mosquito prevention and medicine.
  4. At the end of your visit, your practitioner will provide you with a summary, prescription if appropriate, a receipt and educational material.
  5. The summary of your visit can be sent to your primary care provider with your permission.

*MinuteClinic® employs physician assistants in select states. See here for details.

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