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Advice for Travelers
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Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask physicians for information about appropriate vaccines and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. More detailed advice for travelers is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at Guidelines are also available from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).1


Common travel vaccines are listed in Table 1 on page 84. In addition to travel-specific vaccines, all travelers (including children) should be up to date on routine vaccines. Guidelines for routine adult immunization have been published in a separate issue.2 Immunocompromised or pregnant patients generally should not receive live virus vaccines, such as those for measles and yellow fever, although in some situations the benefit might outweigh ... more      

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