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Letter to the Editor
Editor, – Thank you for your editorial on prescribing for refugees (Aust Prescr 2013;36:146-7). Another area of prescription writing can be for immunisations for those in the 'visiting family and friends' category. Many of our refugees who have now been here for years are returning home with their Australian-born children. Keeping these kids on schedule for their government-funded vaccines is important as they may return to their parents' country of origin at a young age.
Adequate preparation with travel immunisations such as hepatitis A and typhoid, and in some cases malaria chemoprophylaxis, is important. The parents themselves may or may not be immune to hepatitis A and many of those returning home as adults are at risk for typhoid. Keeping up to date with new information relating to travel health is fast becoming an area of specialty.
Travel-Bug Vaccination Clinic