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Paediatric international travellers from Greece: characteristics and pre-travel recommendations.
Travel Med Infect Dis. 2012 May; 10(3):135-9.TM

Abstract

The aim of this study was to describe the children who seek pre-travel advice in Greece. During 2008-2010, 4065 persons sought pre-travel services in the 57 Prefectures, including 128 (3.15%) children <15 years. Main travel destinations were sub-Saharan Africa (54 children; 42.2%), South America (18; 14.1%), the Middle East (16; 12.5%), the Indian subcontinent (12; 9.4%), and South East Asia (7; 5.5%). Seventy-six children (59.4%) stayed for <1 month, 34 (26.6%) for 1-6 months, and 10 (7.8%) for >6 months. Recreation was the main purpose of travel (81 children; 63.3%), followed by work (24; 18.8%), and to visit friends and relatives (VFRs) (14; 10.9%). Paediatric travellers VFRs stayed more frequently in local residences compared to non-VFR paediatric travellers (85.7% and 20.2%). Children stayed more frequently in local residences and travelled more frequently for recreational purposes or to VFRs (27.3%, 63.3%, and 10.9%, respectively), compared to older travellers (11.9%, 58.8%, and 4%, respectively). Malaria chemoprophylaxis was prescribed for 64.8% of children travelling to sub-Saharan Africa. This study demonstrated clearly that only a very small number of international paediatric travellers seek pre-travel services in Greece. Communication strategies to access paediatric travellers should be developed in order to improve travel medicine services for children in Greece.

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Department for Interventions in Health Care Facilities, Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 3-5 Agrafon Street, Athens 15123, Greece. helen-maltezou@ath.forthnet.grNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22521600

Citation

Maltezou, Helena C., et al. "Paediatric International Travellers From Greece: Characteristics and Pre-travel Recommendations." Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, vol. 10, no. 3, 2012, pp. 135-9.
Maltezou HC, Pavli A, Spilioti A, et al. Paediatric international travellers from Greece: characteristics and pre-travel recommendations. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2012;10(3):135-9.
Maltezou, H. C., Pavli, A., Spilioti, A., Katerelos, P., & Theodoridou, M. (2012). Paediatric international travellers from Greece: characteristics and pre-travel recommendations. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 10(3), 135-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2012.03.005
Maltezou HC, et al. Paediatric International Travellers From Greece: Characteristics and Pre-travel Recommendations. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2012;10(3):135-9. PubMed PMID: 22521600.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Paediatric international travellers from Greece: characteristics and pre-travel recommendations. AU - Maltezou,Helena C, AU - Pavli,Androula, AU - Spilioti,Athina, AU - Katerelos,Panos, AU - Theodoridou,Maria, Y1 - 2012/04/20/ PY - 2012/01/16/received PY - 2012/03/04/revised PY - 2012/03/20/accepted PY - 2012/4/24/entrez PY - 2012/4/24/pubmed PY - 2012/9/26/medline SP - 135 EP - 9 JF - Travel medicine and infectious disease JO - Travel Med Infect Dis VL - 10 IS - 3 N2 - The aim of this study was to describe the children who seek pre-travel advice in Greece. During 2008-2010, 4065 persons sought pre-travel services in the 57 Prefectures, including 128 (3.15%) children <15 years. Main travel destinations were sub-Saharan Africa (54 children; 42.2%), South America (18; 14.1%), the Middle East (16; 12.5%), the Indian subcontinent (12; 9.4%), and South East Asia (7; 5.5%). Seventy-six children (59.4%) stayed for <1 month, 34 (26.6%) for 1-6 months, and 10 (7.8%) for >6 months. Recreation was the main purpose of travel (81 children; 63.3%), followed by work (24; 18.8%), and to visit friends and relatives (VFRs) (14; 10.9%). Paediatric travellers VFRs stayed more frequently in local residences compared to non-VFR paediatric travellers (85.7% and 20.2%). Children stayed more frequently in local residences and travelled more frequently for recreational purposes or to VFRs (27.3%, 63.3%, and 10.9%, respectively), compared to older travellers (11.9%, 58.8%, and 4%, respectively). Malaria chemoprophylaxis was prescribed for 64.8% of children travelling to sub-Saharan Africa. This study demonstrated clearly that only a very small number of international paediatric travellers seek pre-travel services in Greece. Communication strategies to access paediatric travellers should be developed in order to improve travel medicine services for children in Greece. SN - 1873-0442 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22521600/Paediatric_international_travellers_from_Greece:_characteristics_and_pre_travel_recommendations_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1477-8939(12)00032-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -