Travel Medicine

Travel medicine is devoted to the health of travelers who visit foreign countries. It is an interdisciplinary specialty concerned not only with prevention of infectious diseases during travel but also with the personal safety of travelers and the avoidance of environmental risks.

It is represented by an international society—the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and by an active clinical group within the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

Travel medicine can primarily be divided into 4 main topics: prevention (vaccination and travel advice), assistance (dealing with medical treatment of travelers), wilderness medicine (e.g. medicine, cruise ship medicine, expedition medicine, etc.) and access to health care, provided by travel insurance.

International Society of Travel Medicine