Global Health Security

Ensuring Business Travel Is a Productive Asset

Travel plays an essential role in business, and millions of Americans travel internationally for work. However, the opportunities that traveling abroad provide also pose a variety of health risks.

Learn how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention helps businesses safeguard travelers against infectious diseases, road hazards and environmental concerns that can sideline personal health and business productivity.

Traveler's Health
 

Business Challenges

Today, an estimated 5.1 million U.S. residents travel internationally for business. International business travel can present a variety of health risks to employees that can lead to economic consequences for employers.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration

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  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Canada/Europe
  • Caribbean

  • Central America
  • Middle East
  • Oceania
  • South America
Canada
  • African trypanosomiasis
  • American trypanosomiasis
  • Chikungunya
  • Cholera
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Tickborne encephalitis
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow fever
  • Altitude illness
  • Animal bites/stings
  • Mental health issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Blood clots (especially for flights over 4 hours)
  • Crime and assault
  • Environmental hazards, such as air pollution
  • Road traffic crashes
  • African trypanosomiasis
  • Chikungunya
  • Cholera
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow fever
  • Altitude illness
  • Animal bites/stings
  • Mental health issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Blood clots (especially for flights over 4 hours)
  • Crime and assault
  • Environmental hazards, such as air pollution
  • Road traffic crashes
  • Chikungunya
  • Cholera
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Tickborne encephalitis
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Typhoid
  • Altitude illness
  • Animal bites/stings
  • Mental health issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Blood clots (especially for flights over 4 hours)
  • Crime and assault
  • Environmental hazards, such as air pollution
  • Road traffic crashes
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Rabies
  • Tickborne encephalitis
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Altitude illness
  • Animal bites/stings
  • Mental health issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Blood clots (especially for flights over 4 hours)
  • Crime and assault
  • Environmental hazards, such as air pollution
  • Road traffic crashes
  • Chikungunya
  • Cholera
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Rabies
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Typhoid
  • Animal bites/stings
  • Mental health issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Blood clots (especially for flights over 4 hours)
  • Crime and assault
  • Environmental hazards, such as air pollution
  • Road traffic crashes
  • American trypanosomiasis
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Rabies
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Typhoid
  • Animal bites/stings
  • Mental health issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Blood clots (especially for flights over 4 hours)
  • Crime and assault
  • Environmental hazards, such as air pollution
  • Road traffic crashes
  • Chikungunya
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Typhoid
  • Animal bites/stings
  • Mental health issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Blood clots (especially for flights over 4 hours)
  • Crime and assault
  • Environmental hazards, such as air pollution
  • Road traffic crashes
  • Chikungunya
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Rabies
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Typhoid
  • Animal bites/stings
  • Mental health issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Blood clots (especially for flights over 4 hours)
  • Crime and assault
  • Environmental hazards, such as air pollution
  • Road traffic crashes
  • American trypanosomiasis
  • Dengue
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Rabies
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow fever
  • Altitude illness
  • Animal bites/stings
  • Mental health issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Blood clots (especially for flights over 4 hours)
  • Crime and assault
  • Environmental hazards, such as air pollution
  • Road traffic crashes

For every 100,000 travelers visiting a developing country for one month, an average of

50,000 will experience some health problem abroad 50,000 will experience some health problem abroad

Despite these facts, only 10 percent of international business travelers receive pre-travel health care.

MALARIA

Treatment

Average health care payer cost to treat an adult with malaria:

$25,250

Average work days lost: 6-24

Prevention

Average health care payer cost to prevent malaria in a business traveler:

$162

HEPATITIS A

Treatment

Average health care payer cost to treat an adult with hepatitis A:

$1,800–$2,500

Average work days lost: 27

Prevention

Cost of the complete two-dose hepatitis A vaccination:

$200-$300

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES ABROAD

Medical emergency evacuations can cost between:

$25,000-

$250,000

Medical evacuation insurance costs between

$15-$370

for a two-week trip

Treatment

Average health care payer cost to treat an adult with malaria:

$25,250

Average work days lost: 6-24

 

Prevention

Average health care payer cost to prevent malaria in a business traveler:

$162

Treatment

Average health care payer cost to treat an adult with hepatitis A:

$1,800–$2,500

Average work days lost: 27

 

Prevention

Cost of the complete two-dose hepatitis A vaccination:

$200-$300

Medical emergency evacuations can cost between:

$25,000-

$250,000

 

Medical evacuation insurance costs between

$15-$370

for a two-week trip

 

CDC Business Benefits

CDC scientists work 24/7 to help protect business travelers and others against dangerous health threats abroad, safeguarding America's health security.

CDC develops guidance for business travelers and clinicians and disseminates it widely through a variety of channels:

139,000 international travelers each day

CDC monitors travel-related illnesses and emerging infections by

CDC develops guidance for business travelers and clinicians and disseminates it widely through a variety of channels:

139,000 international travelers each day

During serious disease outbreaks and natural disasters, CDC

 

Take Action

Take advantage of CDC's Travel Health resources that help businesses and business travelers prepare for international trips.

CDC YELLOW BOOK

A trusted, in-depth travel
medicine reference

Travelers' Health Website

Destination pages with specific advice for vaccines, medicines and healthy behaviors
Information centers for travelers, clinicians and the travel industry
A library of fact sheets about common travel-related topics and diseases
Resources for finding a clinic for pre-travel health care

Get this app to help you make on-the-spot decisions about safe food and drink choices while traveling.

Get this app to help you make on-the-spot decisions about safe food and drink choices while traveling.

Invest in your employees’ health during international travel

Stay Informed

Equip Medical Staff

Promote Travel Health Care

  • Provide incentives for employees to obtain pre-travel health care.
  • Ensure employees receive health care if needed after travel.

Consider Insurance

  • Educate employees about the benefits of travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Investigate options for providing health and medical evacuation insurance for employees.

Protect your health during travel

Research your company's policies and benefits regarding travel.

Visit CDC’s website to learn how to stay safe and healthy on a business trip.

Schedule a pre-travel consultation with a clinician, even if it's at the last minute.

Investigate options for travel health and evacuation insurance.

Use CDC's mobile app Can I Eat This? to make safe food and drink choices during your trip.

Stay in touch: Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Invest in your employees’ health during international travel

Stay Informed

Equip Medical Staff

Promote Travel Health Care

  • Provide incentives for employees to obtain pre-travel health care.
  • Ensure employees receive health care if needed after travel.

Consider Insurance

  • Educate employees about the benefits of travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Investigate options for providing health and medical evacuation insurance for employees.

Protect your health during travel

Research your company's policies and benefits regarding travel.

Visit CDC’s website to learn how to stay safe and healthy on a business trip.

Schedule a pre-travel consultation with a clinician, even if it's at the last minute.

Investigate options for travel health and evacuation insurance.

Use CDC's mobile app Can I Eat This? to make safe food and drink choices during your trip.

Stay in touch: Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Visit CDC's Website

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