A definitive guide for healthy international travel


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that its 2018 CDC Health Information for International Travel, the ‘definitive guide for healthy international travel’, is now available. It can be obtained for free online and can also be ordered in hard copy.

According to the CDC, the 2018 edition features significant revisions, updates to important travel health recommendations, new sections, and a fresh design that makes the guide easier to read.

The publication, which is nicknamed the Yellow Book due to its yellow cover, is completely revised every two years. The CDC said that it provides travel health recommendations and other features that help international travellers prepare for trips and stay healthy while abroad. For example, it advises when to get recommended vaccines and medicines before departure, and symptoms to watch for during and after travel.

According to the CDC, the 2018 edition includes new features such as: the latest information about infectious disease threats such as Zika, Ebola, and MERS-CoV; new cholera vaccine recommendations; updated guidance for use of antibiotics to treat travellers’ diarrhoea; travel health recommendations for Cuba and Myanmar (Burma); and a new design for improved readability.

Special sections that address the specific needs of travellers are also included, including special considerations for wilderness expeditions, work-related travel, and study abroad; precautions for travellers who are immunocompromised or have chronic illnesses; practical tips for last-minute or resource-limited travellers; and advice for air crews, humanitarian workers, missionaries, and other providers of care and support overseas.

You can <a href"="" target="_blank" ="http:="" www.cdc.gov="" yellowbook."="">view the CDC 2018 Yellow Book content for free here.