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J Travel Med. 2013 May-Jun;20(3):171-6. doi: 10.1111/jtm.12016. Epub 2013 Mar 8.

Family compliance with counseling for children traveling to the tropics.

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Pediatric Emergency Unit, CHU Nord, Chemin des Bourrelly, Marseille, France.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The number of people, both adults and children, traveling abroad, is on the rise. Some seek counseling at travel medicine centers before departure.

METHODS:

A prospective study was conducted among children <16 years visiting a travel medicine center in Marseille, France, from February 2010 to February 2011. Parents were contacted by telephone 4 weeks after their return, and asked about compliance with pre-travel advice.

RESULTS:

One hundred sixty-seven children were evaluated after their trip. Compliance with immunizations, malaria chemoprophylaxis, and food-borne disease prevention was 71, 66, and 31%, respectively. Compliance with malaria chemoprophylaxis varied significantly with destination, and was higher for African destinations. Significant features associated with poor compliance with chemoprophylaxis were a trip to Asia or the Indian Ocean, age <5 years, and a monoparental family. Compliance with prevention of food- and water-borne diseases was higher in children < 2 years of age.

CONCLUSIONS:

A ≥ 80% compliance with pre-travel counseling in children traveling overseas was achieved only for drinking bottled water, using repellents, a routine vaccine update, and yellow fever immunization.

PMID:
23577863
DOI:
10.1111/jtm.12016
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