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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.

Q&A: Malaria medication

Q: Hi, my son is going on Fall 2018 Indonesia trip. He got all of his shots today. I’m wondering how many malaria pills to bring and whether he should get meningitis shot. Thanks. – L.

A: The areas of the itinerary typically considered to have low malaria risks are in parts of Sulawesi, Sumatra, and Flores, which comprise approximately 60-70 days of the itinerary. Most doctors will prescribe doxycycline or atovaquone (malarone), so the exact number of pills will depend on the medication (e.g., some medications need to be taken pre and post travel). I’ll also note that not all students/instructors choose to take malaria medications. I can’t speak to the meningitis shot, but happy to discuss any questions over the phone if you call our offices. – Aaron Slosberg.