In this era of global travel, it is important to consider that infectious diseases can be acquired and carried by travelers to, or from, any destination in the world. Assessing a patient's travel history is a critical step to understanding how to best address a patient's chief concerns and health issues. An active dialogue between patients and clinicians to accurately assess travel experiences and exposures can be vital to the understanding of many conditions. Diseases occurring at any given time in geographic locations around the world vary greatly and are continuously changing, so keeping up to date with disease trends and knowing where to look for information can be vital.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler's Health website and "Yellow Book" are great resources to turn to for the latest up to date information.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ThinkTravelHistory.