Because of the availability of large amounts of trip-specific medical information, all persons who advise on health risks for future travel need to have a working knowledge of the major areas within travel medicine: pretravel immunizations, diarrhea prevention and self-treatment, malaria prevention, and then a large number of miscellaneous areas including visiting locations of high alltitude, preventing thromboembolic disease during long hauls, and finding a physician when out of town. This article deals with a summary of the specific areas important to travel medicine and provides web sites for future review.
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
Dr DuPont has received honoraria for speaking for the following companies: Salix Pharmaceuticals, Merck Vaccine Division, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Romark Institute for Medical Research, and IOMAI Corporation and has received grants through his university to support research from the following: Salix Pharmaceuticals, Romark Institute for Medical Research, IOMAI Corporation, and Optimer Pharmaceuticals.
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