Appendix D: Essential Electronic Resources for the Travel Medicine Practitioner (online only)
SELECTED ELECTRONIC RESOURCES IN TRAVEL MEDICINE
A variety of electronic resources is available for practitioners who provide pre- and post-travel medical care for international travelers. Checking >1 authoritative website on a specific issue is always recommended. Authoritative recommendations may contain some element of opinion, and some sites are updated more frequently than others. Please note that the list below provides a representative but by no means exclusive sampling of resources that may be useful to the travel medicine practitioner. Brief descriptions of selected websites have been included to highlight resources that may be of particular interest.
ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATION AND DISCUSSION FORUMS
Electronic distribution lists use e-mail with or without a browser-based interface. Some lists are set up to provide information only. Others promote active discussion among members, whereby anyone who has joined a particular group can e-mail a posting to a central server, which is then disseminated to all members who have subscribed to the same list. On a moderated list, each posting is reviewed and accepted by a moderator or editor, while unmoderated lists disseminate each posting instantly to all other subscribers. TravelMed is an example of an unmoderated list, which focuses on issues related to the practice of travel medicine. CDC provides email updates on a variety of health topics, including travelers’ health.
Authoritative Travel Medicine Recommendations
CDC Travelers’ Health
Includes current travel health notices, disease- and destination-specific health recommendations, and guidance on a variety of topics in travel medicine
CDC Travelers’ Health Yellow Book Homepage
Includes a searchable version of CDC Health Information for International Travel 2012 (“The Yellow Book”) and a list of any updates occurring between print editions
WHO international travel and health homepage
Includes the current edition of the International Travel and Health (“Green Book”) publication, disease updates for travelers, International Health Regulations documents, and other disease-specific information
Emerging Diseases and Outbreaks
Information on countries with health concerns, crises and emergencies.
WHO emergencies preparedness and response
Includes current disease outbreak news and outbreaks sorted by country, disease, and year
PAHO epidemiologic alerts
Complements WHO’s emergencies preparedness and response (above) with information specific to the Americas
Surveillance Network of the International Society of Travel Medicine and CDC
Program for monitoring emerging diseases including moderated reporting of global infectious diseases and acute exposure to toxins
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: ReliefWeb
Includes information on humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters from a variety of UN agencies and other sources
Surveillance and Epidemiologic Bulletins
Cooperation project for communicable disease control in northern Europe
Network for the control of public health threats in the Mediterranean region and south east Europe
CDC Pink Book: Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Includes an online version of the current edition, updates to the print edition, slide sets, and selected chapters from earlier editions
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Includes resources such as vaccine and vaccine-preventable disease terminology in multiple languages, vaccine manufacturer contact and product list, handouts for patients and staff, and other clinic resources
WHO immunization, vaccines, and biologics
Includes links to national, regional, and international resources providing immunization information
Overseas Medical and Safety Assistance
Medical and security solutions, products, and assistance
Maps and Country Information
General Travel Aids
Professional Medical Societies with a Focus on Travelers’ Health
Organizations Offering Training in Travel Medicine
Abbreviations: ATM, automated teller machine; PAHO, Pan American Health Organization; UN, United Nations; WHO, World Health Organization.
- Freedman DO. Sources of travel medicine information. In: Keystone JS, Freedman DO, Kozarsky PE, Connor BA, Nothdurft HD, editors. Travel Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; 2013. p. 25–30.
- Keystone JS, Kozarsky PE, Freedman DO. Internet and computer-based resources for travel medicine practitioners. Clin Infect Dis. 2001 Mar 1;32(5):757–65.
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