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Medical News & Perspectives
May 3, 2000

Travelers Need Hepatitis and Other Immunizations

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JAMA. 2000;283(17):2226-2227. doi:10.1001/jama.283.17.2226-JMN0503-3-1

Your patient has travel plans. She intends to fly to Borneo to climb from the rain forest floor to the 13,500-foot summit of Mount Kinabalu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that she be vaccinated against the usual diseases encountered in that area—hepatitis A, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, and typhoid—and suggests, if needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles and a one-time dose for polio. The CDC recommends hepatitis B vaccine only if the traveler may be exposed to blood, have sexual contact with someone in the local population, stay longer than 6 months, or be exposed through local medical treatment.

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