MASTA health advice for travellers guideline

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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.

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