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J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jan;58(1):76-82. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000602.

Pre-Travel Medical Preparation of Business and Occupational Travelers: An Analysis of the Global TravEpiNet Consortium, 2009 to 2012.

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Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (Ms Khan, Dr Jentes, Dr Brown, Ms Han, Dr Kozarsky), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (Dr Rao), University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester; Center for Health Quality (Dr Rao), Outcomes & Economics Research, Bedford VA Medical Center, Massachusetts; Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Dr Hagmann), Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center; Department of Pediatrics (Dr Hagmann), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; Travelers' Advice and Immunization Center (Dr LaRocque, Dr Ryan), Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of the study was to understand more about pre-travel preparations and itineraries of business and occupational travelers.

METHODS:

De-identified data from 18 Global TravEpiNet clinics from January 2009 to December 2012 were analyzed.

RESULTS:

Of 23,534 travelers, 61% were non-occupational and 39% occupational. Business travelers were more likely to be men, had short times to departure and shorter trip durations, and commonly refused influenza, meningococcal, and hepatitis B vaccines. Most business travelers indicated that employers suggested the pre-travel health consultation, whereas non-occupational travelers sought consultations because of travel health concerns.

CONCLUSIONS:

Sub-groups of occupational travelers have characteristic profiles, with business travelers being particularly distinct. Employers play a role in encouraging business travelers to seek pre-travel consultations. Such consultations, even if scheduled immediately before travel, can identify vaccination gaps and increase coverage.

PMID:
26479857
PMCID:
PMC4697958
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0000000000000602
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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