Immunocompromised Travelers

An important part of advising any immunocompromised traveler is providing detailed education about the risks of their particular journey. They should know how some risks could be avoided, such as receiving advice about drinking water, and they should be instructed about when and how to seek medical help. There are few absolute contraindications to their travel plans, however each person should be counseled on an individual basis. Attention to PPD skin testing upon return of all travelers who spend time in endemic regions for tuberculosis is of paramount importance. Other chapters in this book are dedicated to an approach to other important immunocom-promised groups, such as pregnant travelers, and HIV-infected travelers (Mileno and Bia, 1998). Here we address an approach to persons with immunologic compromise from asplenia, transplantation, cancer chemotherapy, high-dose corticosteroid use, diabetes mellitus, and chronic renal or liver failure.

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