Pre-Travel Medical Preparation of Business and Occupational Travelers: An Analysis of the Global TravEpiNet Consortium, 2009 to 2012.
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.
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Khan, N. M., Jentes, E. S., Brown, C., Han, P., Rao, S. R., Kozarsky, P., Hagmann, S. H., LaRocque, R. C., Ryan, E. T., & Global TravEpiNet Consortium (GTEN) (2016). Pre-Travel Medical Preparation of Business and Occupational Travelers: An Analysis of the Global TravEpiNet Consortium, 2009 to 2012. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 58(1), 76–82. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000602
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine