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Travellers' health: minimising the hazards of overseas travel

Joyce Skeet, MSc (Travel Medicine), RN.Practice Nurse, Holbrook Surgery, Horsham and Chanctonbury Primary Care Trust, West SussexThe number of travellers presenting at the surgery requesting travel immunisations continues to increase; however, vaccination protects against only a small number of the health risks to which a traveller could be exposed. A thorough risk assessment and health promotion advice are therefore an essential part of travel medicine.

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