Kenya: Malaria - bite avoidance and prophylactic medication

You will need to take anti-malaria tablets for your trip to Kenya. Please take advice from a travel nurse at your General Practice or a specialised travel clinic regarding the type of tablets you will need.


This link will take you to the malarial map for Kenya. As you can see, the whole of Kenya is considered high risk, where anti-malarial medication is usually advised. Fit for Travel and Travel Health Pro provide more information on malaria in Kenya and taking anti-malarial medication when travelling to Kenya. 

Malaria is spread primarily by bites from Anopheles mosquitoes and is characterized by fever and influenza-like symptoms, including chills, headache, muscle pain, and malaise; these symptoms can occur at intervals. Further serious medical complications are a possibility.

In addition to taking anti-malarial medication, it is important to minimise the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. Bites are most often sustained between dusk and dawn and in areas with low wind speeds and the presence of water. Specific measures that you can take to reduce the risks of being bitten include:-

  • Between dusk & Dawn remain in well-screened areas

  • Using mosquito bed nets treated with insecticide such as Permethrin

  • Wearing clothes that cover most of the body

  • Use repellent on exposed skin such as 50% DEET

No vaccine is currently available and no method can protect completely against the risk for contracting malaria. There are a number of anti-malarial medications that can be used, advice on which one is most suitable for you must be sought from a medical practitioner with access to your own medical history. It is essential to take anti-malarial medication as prescribed for the duration of your trip to Kenya and for the recommended duration prior to and after your trip.


Many factors can affect which medicine is most appropriate to you personally including:-

  • where you are going

  • medical history, including any drug allergies

  • relevant family medical history

  • current medicines

  • any problems with antimalarial medicines in the past

  • your age

  • whether you are pregnant

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