Travel medicine: An overview

  • Johanna C Meyer Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Kalaba Nkonde Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Natalie Schellack Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: travel medicine, travel health, risk assessment, prophylaxis, immunisation

Abstract

Travelling, especially to international destinations, has increased significantly over the years and is expected to increase even more over the next two decades. As a result, more people are exposed to travel-related risks, influenced by the travel destination, itinerary, duration of the trip, and the medical history of the traveller. With adequate pre-travel planning and a timeous pre-travel risk assessment, measures can be taken to mitigate risks and safeguard the traveller’s health. This paper provides an overview of the continuum of travel medicine with a focus on interventions to prevent and manage travel-related infectious diseases, common conditions related to travel as well as specific travel needs and risks.

Author Biographies

Johanna C Meyer, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm, MSc(Med) Pharmacy, PhD (Pharmacy) Associate Professor Department of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Kalaba Nkonde, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm School of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Natalie Schellack, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BCur, BPharm, PhD (Pharmacy) School of Pharmacy Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
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