Travellers who return home to visit family and relations (VFRs) are at a higher risk of health problems than tourist travellers. This is the opposite of what you might expect! They have more malaria, typhoid, sexually transmitted infections and parasitic infections. There are a number of reasons for this but often VFR travellers go for longer and stay in more rural areas and mix with local people more often than other tourists. In addition they are less likely to have pretravel medical advice thinking that it is not necessary when in fact it is more important for them. Often protection against things like malaria and diorrhea is lost when you live in areas free of them such as New Zealand. This makes VFRs like vunerable babies when they go back home. So if you or your children are going back home it is really important to get pretravel health advice and vaccinations and to take precautions when there.
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