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Travel advice

Authors
Karin Leder, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, MPH, DTMH
Peter F Weller, MD, FACP
Section Editor
Daniel J Sexton, MD
Deputy Editor
Elinor L Baron, MD, DTMH

INTRODUCTION

Medical advice for travelers should include evaluation of the risk for adverse outcomes depending on the traveler's medical conditions, the itinerary, anticipated activities, and potential exposures [1,2]. Risks of illness associated with travel include:

Development of illness while in transit [3]

Exposure to infections endemic to areas visited

Environmental exposures associated with travel

The pretravel evaluation should provide advice about the risks for vaccine-preventable infections, the appropriate immunizations, and prophylaxis against travelers' diarrhea and malaria [4]. It should also include advice about behavioral precautions and environmental exposures.

                            

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