Travel medicine is a specialized area of healthcare that focuses on the needs of travelers, particularly those who travel to other countries.
Generally, physicians and others who specialize in travel medicine are experts in infectious diseases. Their expertise often includes knowledge of specific geographical locations and information about health conditions and disease outbreaks in different countries.
Travel medicine specialists know requirements for foreign countries related to vaccinations, health reports, availability of medications, and other healthcare treatments for diseases and disorders.
For people planning to travel out of the US, particularly to the developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, it is extremely important to talk with a travel medicine specialist as far in advance of your trip as possible.
Although the US government provides the latest information for the health and safety of US travelers, it cannot replace having a personal relationship with a physician who is knowledgeable about the needs of people who travel abroad.