Subject: Re: Africa innoculations
I've taken both Lariam (mefloquine) and Aralen (chloroquine) as prophylactic against malaria. Aralen (chloroquine) is generally prescribed for Mexico, Central America, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Middle East. In all other parts of the world (including Africa) Lariam (mefloquine) is prescribed.

My wife and I have been fortunate in not experiencing any side effects. However,some of our friends have experienced various temporary discomfort due to the pills. A quote from a Center for Disease Control handout reflects my attitude, The seriousness of malaria warrants tolerating temporary side effects...of the prophylactics. For more information regarding malarial prophylactics go to

The Center for Disease Control does not recommend quinine as a suitable replacement for any of these prophylactics.

John Rule San Diego, CA