Vaccination in Elite Athletes: A Call to Action to Develop Guidelines for All Infectious Diseases
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I read with interest the manuscript entitled “Vaccination in Elite Athletes”  recently published in Sports Medicine. Elite athletes are at high risk of infection if they travel to endemic areas of disease or if they come into direct contact with infected teammates or opponents. However, general vaccination guidelines may not always be appropriate for elite athletes, because vaccines and their side effects may impair sports performance or even disturb an athlete’s physiology. In their manuscript, Gärtner and Meyer provided detailed and clinically relevant information regarding vaccination guidelines for elite athletes. The authors should be congratulated for the outstanding review and the practical recommendations directed to athletes traveling to or from endemic regions of the globe. Unfortunately, however, not all infectious diseases are preventable by vaccination.
Malaria is one such disease that is not preventable by vaccination. It is a mosquito-borne disease caused...
KeywordsMalaria Doxycycline Endemic Area Artemisinin Mefloquine
I thank Margarida Maia for editing this manuscript. The author has no potential conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this letter.
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