Current Infectious Disease Reports

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 181–185

Influenza in Travelers: Epidemiology, Risk, Prevention, and Control Issues


DOI: 10.1007/s11908-010-0100-9

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Steffen, R. Curr Infect Dis Rep (2010) 12: 181. doi:10.1007/s11908-010-0100-9


Influenza is the most frequent travel related infection preventable by universally available vaccines, but preventive measures were neglected until recently. Since the spread of pandemic (H1N1) 2009, various public health measures have been promoted first to contain, then to mitigate, the pandemic. Some of these measures contradicted recommendations issued by the World Health Organization and were of questionable efficacy. However, travelers may benefit from targeted recommendations on influenza risk reduction (eg, by social distancing or immunization). These recommendations are particularly indicated for those with an increased personal risk profile and for those likely to be exposed to influenza patients.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of Communicable Diseases, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, WHO Collaborating Centre for Travelers’ HealthUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland