TRAVEL HEALTHY – The Advocate
If you plan to travel out of the country, be sure to bookmark the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online version of the 2014 edition of CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as the “Yellow Book.” Nicknamed for its yellow cover, this is the ultimate guide for healthy international travel.
At cdc.gov/travel, you’ll find the most recent version, which lets travelers search by destination and find information about basic travel health preparations and what to do if they get sick or injured while traveling. It is updated as travel health threats emerge and new information becomes available.
A new mobile app with the complete 2014 edition will be available for iOS and Android tablets and phones.
The 2014 edition has expanded its chapter on select destinations, providing insiders’ knowledge and specific health risks about popular tourist destinations.
A team of almost 200 experts update this health guide every two years. The Yellow Book provides the latest official CDC recommendations to keep international travelers safe and healthy. It includes a complete catalog of travel-related diseases and up-to-date vaccine and booster recommendations.
The information in the book does not just stop with infectious diseases. It also includes advice about preventing and treating common travel-related ailments, such as altitude illness, motion sickness and jet lag.
The book offers useful tips on traveling with pets, packing a travel health kit, avoiding counterfeit medications in foreign countries and getting travel health and evacuation insurance for emergencies. In addition, it provides advice for people traveling with young children, individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses, and those traveling for humanitarian aid work or study.
“International travel can be an incredible experience, but it has its risks and the hazards are ever-changing. The Yellow Book clearly and comprehensively gives the most updated health-related precautions and information for traveling internationally,” said Dr. Gary Brunette, chief of CDC’s Travelers’ Health Branch. “By following CDC recommendations, international travelers can stay healthy and safe so they can take full advantage of their traveling experiences.”
The Yellow Book is published in hard copy by Oxford University Press.