Pediatric travelers visiting friends and relatives (VFR) abroad: Illnesses, barriers and pre-travel recommendations

Brett Hendel-Paterson, Stephen J. Swanson

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Abstract

Global mobility has shown a steady rise in recent years, with increased immigration and international travel. The VFR traveler is a traveler whose primary purpose of travel is to visit friends and relatives (VFR), where there is a gradient of risk between home and destination. Children are more likely to be VFR travelers than adults. Pediatric VFR travelers have higher risks for certain infectious travel-related illnesses and face multiple barriers in receiving comprehensive pre-travel care. This review focuses on the current state of knowledge of the pediatric VFR traveler, including epidemiological risks, barriers to adequate pre-travel services, and specific recommendations for disease prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-203
Number of pages12
JournalTravel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Children
  • Pre-Travel preparation
  • Travel
  • VFR
  • Visiting friends and relatives

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