Travel medicine is a rapidly expanding discipline as more people (including children and adolescents) go on overseas trips, including visiting friends and relatives (VFRs).
Travel medicine includes general advice to minimise the risk of injury and infections, which will vary depending on the location of travel, duration and time of year.
The traveller may be at increased risk of vaccine preventable diseases. To help determine which routine and additional special travel vaccines may be required, there are a number of excellent websites, with country specific updates and information on emerging infections. For specific pre-travel advice this is best done 4-6 weeks prior to departure, to allow time for the vaccines to start to work before arriving at your overseas destination.
RCH Travel health resources
MVEC Travel related resources
The CDC in the United States
The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) in the United Kingdom
Reviewed by: Nigel Crawford (Paediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne)
Date: May 2016
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