Plenary sessions began by looking at the UK’s routine immunisation schedule and how it fits with travel vaccine recommendations. Travel health advice goes beyond vaccines, but with travel a major factor in the spread of diseases globally, vaccines have an important role. The resurgence of measles across the globe is a prime example. Using the Make Every Contact Count approach can remind people of the importance of immunisation and encourage vaccination.
International travel continues to grow and the demographic of travellers is changing. Many are choosing to visit more remote areas, indulging in potentially hazardous activities, which present challenges for nursing staff. Staying knowledgeable of world events and changes to guidelines and advice is of huge importance when advising travellers.
Delegates were invited to bring their own “challenging cases” for discussion with an expert panel. This was a vibrant interactive session and identified the real issues nursing staff face.