Travel to Brazil: Analysis of Data From the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network (BATMN) and Relevance to Travelers Attending World Cup and Olympics

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  • Eirini Iliaki MD, MPH,

    1. Cambridge Health Alliance
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  • Lin H. Chen MD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
    • Corresponding Author: Lin H. Chen, MD, Mount Auburn Hospital, 330 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA. E-mail: lchen@hms.harvard.edu

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  • Davidson H. Hamer MD,

    1. Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
    2. Department of International Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
    3. Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
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  • William B. Macleod ScD,

    1. Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
    2. Department of International Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
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  • Emily S. Jentes MPH, PhD,

    1. Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA
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  • Elizabeth D. Barnett MD,

    1. Boston Medical Center, Maxwell Finland Laboratory for Infectious Diseases, Boston, MA, USA
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  • Mary E. Wilson MD,

    1. Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
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  • Boston Area Travel Medicine Network


Abstract

We describe travelers who were evaluated pre-travel to Brazil from March 2008 through July 2010 in the Boston area. Of 599 Brazil travelers, 71%, 58%, and 50% received vaccines for yellow fever (YF), typhoid, and hepatitis A, respectively. Fewer received influenza and hepatitis B vaccines (14%, 11%). A total of 60% traveled during Brazil's peak influenza season, and one fourth visited during peak dengue transmission. The 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics include events throughout Brazil. Travelers should seek pre-travel assessment including YF and malaria risk; travelers should be vaccinated against influenza, be up to date on other routine vaccines, and be prepared to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

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