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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John S. Czachor, MD, FACP, FIDSA,FSHEA(Wright State University)
Description: This book describes the immunology and practice of travel vaccination, focusing on the vaccines and their application to specific groups of travelers. This update covers new vaccines, recent vaccine recommendations, and newly emerging disease processes since the 2004 edition.
Purpose: This is a comprehensive resource for practitioners involved with vaccinating patients against travel-related illnesses. This book goes beyond that, providing in-depth information starting with the science of immune function and vaccine uptake and finishing with the practical considerations of vaccination as it applies to travelers. Though not a "How To" guide for what to give to travelers, it accomplishes the authors' objective with ease.
Audience: This book targets anyone who administers travel vaccines. Its appeal lies in the reference quality of the work as vaccine trends and recommendations often rapidly change and may be difficult to predict. The basic science component is useful for undergraduate learners and those with limited immunology backgrounds. The editors and authors are outstanding scientists and clinicians, well respected and recognized leaders in the field of travel medicine.
Features: The chapters and sections form a logical sequence from the science of immunology to the practical aspects of vaccination, followed by information on diseases and specific vaccines that are available. Up-to-date references, found at the end of each chapter, encompass a variety of sources including websites and recently published material. With its focus on the practical aspects of vaccination, the chapter on vaccine administration may be invaluable for those who are beginning a practice.
Assessment: This book, which functions as a reference with expansive background information and basic science concepts, certainly deserves a place on most bookshelves for those who practice travel medicine or have an interest in travelers' vaccinations.