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BMJ. 1990 Jan 6;300(6716):25-6.

Overprescription of cholera vaccine to travellers by general practitioners.

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Children's Hospital Camperdown, Sydney, Australia.

Abstract

A questionnaire describing five hypothetical patients intending to travel to different countries was sent to 113 general practitioners, who were asked to state which patients they would recommend cholera vaccination to. The response rate was 80%. The general practitioners' recommendations were compared with those of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Sixty three of 86 respondents recommended cholera vaccination when it would probably have been unnecessary. A review of common sources of information on cholera vaccination showed that general practitioners are given confusing or inappropriate advice. General practitioners should be educated about when cholera vaccination is necessary; alternatively, the vaccine should be available only through special centres.

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2105120
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PMC1661892
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