|Target audience:||All healthcare practitioners involved in the practice of travel health medicine, Practice Nurses, Practice Managers, GP’s, Pharmacists, and allied professionals.|
|Time:||09:00 registration and AV checks|
Session: 9:30am – 1:00pm
|Course overview:||The cost-of-living crisis and increasing migration is also a factor in many destinations. Europe continues to be the most popular destination for travellers from the UK. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported that Europe is experiencing longer hotter summers and frequent more severe flooding, creating favourable conditions for invasive mosquito species like Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti. Recent years have seen the geographical spread of these mosquitoes to areas previously unaffected which may lead to more cases of dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses posing a risk to populations and travellers. Efforts to control the mosquito population is ongoing but travellers also need to be aware of their personal risk and the preventive measures they should employ to avoid exposure. Not all diseases are vaccine preventable but great strides have been made in the development of new vaccines for travel.|
It is important for those advising travellers to be aware of these epidemiological changes around the world and the complexities likely to be encountered when conducting a pre-travel consultation and assessing an individual traveller’s risks. Nurses should be aware of the recently updated RCN Competency document, and other new guidance published this year. Travellers also have a personal responsibility to explore their risks and potential exposure to travel-related diseases in their destination and should be aware that advice can change at short notice.
This session will give an overview of international travel, including emerging diseases, new travel vaccines on the horizon and the latest evidence-based advice, guidance and resources to inform practice.
|Course aims:||To provide an update for healthcare practitioners providing travel health services for travellers from the UK|
|Format:||PowerPoint presentation with distinct topics as described, scenarios with descriptions and Q&A|
|Presenter(s):||Sandra Grieve, independent travel health specialist nurse. RGN, RM, Dip Trav Med, BSc (Hons) FFTM RCPS(Glasg) FISTM.|
Travel Health Lead, RCN Public Health Forum