What vaccines are there for malaria?

There is currently no vaccine for malaria, although there is ongoing research to develop one and progress is being made. There are medications you can take to help prevent getting malaria. You should ask your healthcare professional about different options if planning a trip to an area where malaria is common.
A malaria vaccine is under development. Malaria is one of the most devastating diseases in the world, affecting more than 300 million people a year and killing more than one million, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. The actual figures, however, are likely up to three times higher, given the difficulty of diagnosing and tracking the disease in these countries.

Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have an ongoing malaria vaccine development and evaluation program that is testing potential malaria vaccines in small New World monkeys.

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Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.

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