Travel Vaccinations for Malawi

Malawi is a country located in East Africa with a population of 18 million people and climate at a high of 32C. Malaria, dengue and chikungunya are all mosquito-borne infections found in Malawi. It is important to bring mosquito repellents and netting to prevent bites and potential spread. Antimalarials are recommended as well.

Rabies poses a risk to travellers to Malawi, especially if staying for a long period of time or visiting rural areas. Vaccination should be considered before traveling.

 

Who Vaccination Risk When
All patients Measles You can easily catch measles by breathing in droplets, touching a surface the droplets have settled on and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth (the virus can survive on surfaces for a few hours). 6-11 months: 1 dose 4-6 weeks before travel. This dose does not count as the first dose in the routine childhood vaccination series.

12 months or older: 2nd dose must be given 28 days apart.

Most patients Hepatitis A Hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food or water in Malawi regardless of where you are eating. 2 weeks before travel.
Most patients Malaria You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you and talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. Before, during and after travel.
Most patients Typhoid You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Malawi. This vaccine is recommended for most travellers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater. 10 days before travel.
Some patients Cholera Cholera is contracted through unsafe food and water. Cholera is rare in travellers but if contracted can be severe. 2 weeks before travel.
Some patients Hepatitis B Contracted through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products. 2 months before travel.
Some patients Rabies Found in mammals such as dogs and bats. Recommended if patient is taking part in outdoor activity that put them at risk of animal bites. 1 month before travel.
Some patients Yellow Fever Required if traveling from a country with risk of YF virus transmission and ≥1 year of age, including transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YF virus transmission. 10 days before travel.