Pre-Travel Health Care of Immigrants Returning Home to Visit Friends and Relatives
Deshpande, Bhushan R.
Rao, Sowmya R.
Brunette, Gary W.
Sotir, Mark J.
Jentes, Emily S.
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CitationLaRocque, Regina C., Bhushan R. Deshpande, Sowmya R. Rao, Gary W. Brunette, Mark J. Sotir, Emily S. Jentes, and Edward T. Ryan. 2013. Pre-travel health care of immigrants returning home to visit friends and relatives. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 88(2): 376-380.
AbstractImmigrants 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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