MASTA health advice for travellers guideline
This brief MASTA guideline summary on health advice for travellers includes food and water, insect bites, communicable diseases, and environmental hazards.
Travellers are exposed to many hazards while abroad; only a small percentage of these can be prevented by vaccines. Advice should be given on how to minimise the risk by taking preventative measures. A risk assessment should be carried out to obtain details of the planned trip and traveller's medical history. Therefore, pre-travel advice can then be tailored to each journey.
This Guidelines for Nurses summary covers diseases of close association, environmental hazards, and incorporates a minor update on pregnancy while travelling, and the addition of Zika virus into the list of insect borne diseases.