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Travel Medicine Guidelines for Physicians

DuPont, Herbert L. MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: May 2007 - Volume 15 - Issue 3 - p 194-195
doi: 10.1097/01.idc.0000269914.72229.3e
Clinical Guidelines

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.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Herbert L. DuPont, MD, 6720 Bertner Ave, MC1-164, Houston, TX 77030. E-mail:

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