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    Pretravel Counseling for Healthy Travelers

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, international travel was increasing at a brisk rate. After a lull, it is picking up again and predicted to continue to climb as it had previously. International travel presents some unique health hazards, including infectious diseases, chronic...

    Travelers With Preexisting Conditions

    Certain conditions (eg, asthma, diabetes, physical disability, immunocompromise, severe allergies, pregnancy) may increase the risk of travel, but do not necessarily preclude it. Typical age-related physiologic changes also can increase the chances of serious injury or...

    Illness While Traveling

    Becoming ill while traveling is an unfortunate but common event, with gastrointestinal, febrile, dermatologic, and respiratory symptoms predominating. However, many illnesses acquired abroad can be prevented or controlled with evidence-based preventive measures and judicious...

    Special Issues

    Risks during travel depend on travelers’ comorbidities and trip activities. Travel on cruise ships, for pilgrimages or large events, or into the wilderness carries unique risks. Asking travelers about what activities they have planned or may do during travel can tailor the...


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