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Q. Are malaria and typhoid vaccines safe for a 9 month old baby?

Answered by
Dr. Babu Lal Meena
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 15, 2014 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Dear Doctor,

Is it safe for a 9 month baby to travel to the Dominican Republic? Also, is it safe for a 8-9 month old to take vaccines for malaria and typhoid?

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is safe to travel to Dominican Republic, but you need to care abut many issues.

While traveling there are many issues related to health of your baby, example: he can get infection like malaria, typhoid, hepatitis A & E and varicella. So if you use prophylactic measures, example: mosquito bite prevention or drug prophylaxis for malaria can be started 1 week before and to be continued 1 month after the travel. For food related infections (typhoid and hepatitis), you need to maintain hygiene and use trusted and clean water source and food. Avoid contact to persons having fever/rash/jaundice/loose stool/abdominal pain/vomiting. Regarding your query about vaccination for malaria and typhoid.

  • Malaria vaccine has been used in 5-17 month age group for study purpose with 50% efficacy results, but it is not launched for marketing and more trials required to look for more results.
  • Typhoid vaccine - available data suggest it is used only after 2 year of age.

So conclusion is that you can safely visit there by taking some prophylaxis. Hope this will help you. You can ask any further query regarding health issues of your baby before and during the journey or there after to a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/paediatrician


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