One thing really bothers me. Travellers who don’t take malaria tablets. Especially the ones who try and make out your stupid in taking them.
Let’s just clear this up, I’ve had malaria and it was horrible. Why would you not want to try and prevent something that could potentially kill you.
Having Malaria honestly felt like I was dying. I had fevers, hot and cold sweats, I was full of sickness and diarrhoea. I had a sore throat , headache and my stomach killed. The worst thing was having no energy, not even enough to walk a metre to the bathroom. Imaging inflicting that upon yourself? Sounds stupid doesn’t it, but that’s how I feel when you say you don’t take the tablets.
I’ve heard some funny stories from people who are clearly so uneducated. “If I was in Africa I would take them, but not Asia” Um why not? Malaria still kills in Asia so what difference does a continent make? “Oh it give you nightmares so I don’t want to try them” Yes certain ones do, (stay away from Larium) but everyone has different side effects. Would you really risk your life for the sake of nightmares? (I’ve taken doxycycline and Malarone and suffered from no nightmares!)
“They’re not worth the money!” Ok so you would pay hundreds on the rest of your jabs, but because they are only in tablet form they are not worth it?
I just don’t understand it. Yes ok, I was taking the best malaria tablets possible (Malarone) which cost me over £300 for 3 months and within two weeks I had Malaria. I was just unlucky, about 0.01% of the population that happens to. Yet I believe they kept my symptoms down. Many people die within 24hours of having the disease. It had been 36hours until my coordinator (I was volunteering) thought I was ill enough to go to the hospital. How lucky was I?
But maybe instances like mine make you think the tablets aren’t worth it. But they are. I wouldn’t wish the pain I suffered on anyone and I was one of the lucky ones.
If you’re not taking them I hope you’ve thought clearly about the risks you are taking. Maybe you will only see where I’m coming from when you’ve been in this life or death situation.