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Pre-travel health care of immigrants returning home to visit friends and relatives.
Am J Trop Med Hyg 2013; 88(2):376-380AJ

Abstract

Immigrants returning home to visit friends and relatives (VFR travelers) are at higher risk of travel-associated illness than other international travelers. We evaluated 3,707 VFR and 17,507 non-VFR travelers seen for pre-travel consultation in Global TravEpiNet during 2009-2011; all were traveling to resource-poor destinations. VFR travelers more commonly visited urban destinations than non-VFR travelers (42% versus 30%, P < 0.0001); 54% of VFR travelers were female, and 18% of VFR travelers were under 6 years old. VFR travelers sought health advice closer to their departure than non-VFR travelers (median days before departure was 17 versus 26, P < 0.0001). In multivariable analysis, being a VFR traveler was an independent predictor of declining a recommended vaccine. Missed opportunities for vaccination could be addressed by improving the timing of pre-travel health care and increasing the acceptance of vaccines. Making pre-travel health care available in primary care settings may be one step to this goal.

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23149585

Citation

LaRocque, Regina C., et al. "Pre-travel Health Care of Immigrants Returning Home to Visit Friends and Relatives." The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 88, no. 2, 2013, pp. 376-380.
LaRocque RC, Deshpande BR, Rao SR, et al. Pre-travel health care of immigrants returning home to visit friends and relatives. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2013;88(2):376-380.
LaRocque, R. C., Deshpande, B. R., Rao, S. R., Brunette, G. W., Sotir, M. J., Jentes, E. S., ... The Global TravEpiNet Consortium, . (2013). Pre-travel health care of immigrants returning home to visit friends and relatives. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 88(2), pp. 376-380. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0460.
LaRocque RC, et al. Pre-travel Health Care of Immigrants Returning Home to Visit Friends and Relatives. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2013;88(2):376-380. PubMed PMID: 23149585.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Pre-travel health care of immigrants returning home to visit friends and relatives. AU - LaRocque,Regina C, AU - Deshpande,Bhushan R, AU - Rao,Sowmya R, AU - Brunette,Gary W, AU - Sotir,Mark J, AU - Jentes,Emily S, AU - Ryan,Edward T, AU - The Global TravEpiNet Consortium,, Y1 - 2012/11/13/ PY - 2012/11/15/entrez PY - 2012/11/15/pubmed PY - 2013/4/2/medline SP - 376 EP - 380 JF - The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene JO - Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. VL - 88 IS - 2 N2 - Immigrants returning home to visit friends and relatives (VFR travelers) are at higher risk of travel-associated illness than other international travelers. We evaluated 3,707 VFR and 17,507 non-VFR travelers seen for pre-travel consultation in Global TravEpiNet during 2009-2011; all were traveling to resource-poor destinations. VFR travelers more commonly visited urban destinations than non-VFR travelers (42% versus 30%, P < 0.0001); 54% of VFR travelers were female, and 18% of VFR travelers were under 6 years old. VFR travelers sought health advice closer to their departure than non-VFR travelers (median days before departure was 17 versus 26, P < 0.0001). In multivariable analysis, being a VFR traveler was an independent predictor of declining a recommended vaccine. Missed opportunities for vaccination could be addressed by improving the timing of pre-travel health care and increasing the acceptance of vaccines. Making pre-travel health care available in primary care settings may be one step to this goal. SN - 1476-1645 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23149585/full_citation L2 - http://www.ajtmh.org/content/journals/10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0460?crawler=true&amp;mimetype=application/pdf DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -