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Session Length: 95 minutes
Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
May 08, 2011
The Immunocompromised Traveler
Overview for the Travel Medicine Specialist: Immunosuppression, Immunosuppressive Agents, and Drug Interactions

  • Knows the basic mechanisms of an immune response to vaccines.
  • Knows in what way and for how long different immunosuppressive agents, including immunobiologicals, affect the immune response to a vaccine.
  • Can determine the level of immunosuppression in a traveler on immunosuppressive drugs.
  • Knows which drug interactions between immunosuppressive drugs and travel-related drugs are relevant .
  • Knows which infections to expect in the different types of immunosuppression.

Vaccine Use in Immunocompromised Travelers


  • Can translate knowledge of immunosuppressive agents into advice on vaccine use.
  • Knows when it is safe to give yellow fever vaccine and when it is not.
  • Knows when it is useful to determine antibody levels after vaccination in a immunocompromized host.
  • Knows which additional preventive measures are indicated and useful in immunosuppressed travelers

Case-Based Discussions

  • List core issues in accessing healh care while abroad - when to seek and whom to seek ? used and not to be used.
  • Communicate the basic principles of avoiding drug interactions.
  • Explain what travelers should know and do in case they need to take potentially interacting drugs.

Speaker Information
Camille N Kotton MD
Robert Orenstein DO FIDSA   [ view bio ]
Edward T Ryan
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