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Travel advice is more than just vaccination

first_imgOccupational health nurses should be looking beyond the point of a needlewhen they advise travellers, according to Annie McCarthy senior travel healthnurse at medical charity Interhealth. “Our overall aim is to maximise the traveller’s health and performanceand to minimise the risks,” she said. “The challenge for us is to be suitably motivated and qualified to dothis for all travellers on all aspects of travel hazards and be aware of theimplications of illness when they return. Minimising risk and maximising health entails carrying out a detailed riskassessment, having access to good information beyond databases and having anempathy with the traveller, she suggested. She outlined some of the latest updates on vaccination, and touched on someof the other areas that OH advisers need to be aware of such as the physicalhazards of a destination, the climate, possibilities of accidents, HIV/AIDs,culture shock and the psychological cost of travel. The needs of the returning traveller were dealt with too, particularly inrelation to malaria. More than 2,000 cases a year are reported in Britain andit is vital to emphasise to travellers that any fever should be reported withineight hours, even if they think it is just a cold. Travel advice is more than just vaccinationOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more