Preparedness of paediatric international travellers departing from Athens, Greece: an 18-month airport-based survey
Article first published online: 27 DEC 2013
©2013 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 103, Issue 4, pages e161–e164, April 2014
How to Cite
Maltezou, H. C., Pavli, A., Spilioti, A., Patrinos, S., Lymperi, I. and Theodoridou, M. (2014), Preparedness of paediatric international travellers departing from Athens, Greece: an 18-month airport-based survey. Acta Paediatrica, 103: e161–e164. doi: 10.1111/apa.12531
- Issue published online: 13 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 27 DEC 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 3 DEC 2013 12:44PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 12 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Received: 2 SEP 2013
- International travellers;
The number of children who travel to tropical and subtropical areas has increased. This study aimed to assess the preparedness of children departing from Greece to Africa and Asia, in terms of vaccination and malaria chemoprophylaxis.
An 18-month airport-based study was conducted in Athens between November 2011 and April 2013.
Of the 183 children studied, 122 (66.7%) had a foreign nationality. Their main destinations were the Indian subcontinent (43.2%), South-East Asia (30.6%) and sub-Saharan Africa (14.2%). Just under three-quarters (73.2%) of the children were travelling to visit friends and relatives. Forty (21.9%) children had received pretravel services. Children visiting friends and relatives sought pretravel services less frequently than those who were not (17.9% versus 32.7%; p = 0.033). Female children and Greek nationals were significantly more likely to seeking pretravel services than males and foreign nationals (p = 0.007 and <0.001, respectively). The rabies and the typhoid fever vaccines were administered inadequately to children travelling to endemic areas, but malaria chemoprophylaxis was generally justified.
Travel medicine services for children in Greece should be improved. There is a particular need to communicate with the parents of children visiting friends and relatives.