Travel health advice is a valuable service provided to travellers through community pharmacies, with the core of that advice currently focused on malaria prevention, immunisation and general travel health medicines. As the depth of knowledge of the epidemiology of travel-related disease has grown over time through increased surveillance, so too must pharmacists and their teams develop their roles to meet the growing challenges associated with delivering travel medicine services in the community.
This learning programme is intended to help you develop your understanding of the health needs of travellers, and how you can support travellers’ wellbeing in your role as a pharmacist or pharmacy technicians. It uses case studies and other activities to explore the various risks that travellers face, spanning from common ailments such as sunburn and travellers’ diarrhoea to malaria and dengue fever.
On completion of all aspects of this programme you should be able to:
- understand how the actions and attitudes of the traveller can influence the risks of travel
- use the appropriate resources to find the latest up-to-date information on disease risks in a specific country
- provide tailored advice to travellers by identifying the individual risks that may affect their safety and health
- understand and advise on the effects that travel can have on those with existing health conditions
- develop the service you provide to travellers, identifying those at greatest risk of travel-related illness and infections.