Availability of the northern hemisphere influenza vaccine for Australians travelling overseas

Eastwood, Keith, Durrheim, David, and Cashman, Patrick (2013) Availability of the northern hemisphere influenza vaccine for Australians travelling overseas. Journal of Clinical Virology, 57 (3). p. 270.

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Abstract

[Extract] Re: Ratnam I, et al. Incidence and risk factors for acute respiratory illness and influenza virus infections in Australian travellers to Asia. J Clin Virol (2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcv.2013.01.008

Drs Ratnam et al. raise the importance of respiratory infection, particularly influenza, as a risk to travellers while overseas. In their study of 621 Australians travelling to Asian countries, they report that 6.9% (43/621) contracted either confirmed influenza or an influenza-like infection. Influenza can cause serious illness but even with milder symptoms it can spoil holiday or business plans and cause considerable inconvenience and expense should it be necessary to source medical assistance in a foreign country or re-schedule flights and accommodation.

Item ID: 32179
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: influenza vaccine; Australians; travel; overseas
ISSN: 1873-5967
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2014 05:49
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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