Preparing for International Travel and Global Medical Care




Thorough pretravel preparation and medical consultation can mitigate avoidable health and safety risks. A comprehensive pretravel medical consultation should include an individualized risk assessment, immunization review, and discussion of arthropod protective measures, malaria prophylaxis, traveler’s diarrhea, and injury prevention. Travel with children and jet lag reduction require additional planning and prevention strategies; travel and evacuation insurance may prove essential when traveling to less resourced countries. Consideration should also be given to other high-risk travel scenarios, including the provision of health care overseas, adventure and extreme sports, water environments and diving, high altitude, and terrorism/unstable political situations.


Key points








  • Although more people are traveling, few seek pretravel consultation to mitigate avoidable health risks associated with traveling.



  • A comprehensive pretravel medical consultation should include an individualized risk assessment, immunization review, and discussion of arthropod protective measures, malaria prophylaxis, traveler’s diarrhea, and injury prevention.



  • Travel with children and jet lag reduction require additional planning and prevention strategies.



  • Travel and evacuation insurance is recommended when traveling to less resourced countries.



  • Consideration should also be given to other high-risk travel scenarios, including the provision of health care overseas, adventure and extreme sports, water environments and diving, high altitude, and terrorism/unstable political situations.


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Dec 13, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing for International Travel and Global Medical Care
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