Staying Healthy During International Travel

CDC Yellow BookAs summer approaches, the season for international travel also begins. You may have your bags packed for your next trip, but are you prepared for the health challenges you may face at your destination?

For both international travelers and the health professionals who care for them, CDC Health Information for International Travel (more commonly known as the Yellow Book) is the definitive guide to staying healthy and safe anywhere in the world. The Yellow Book is produced every two years, and is published through a unique collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation and Oxford University Press. 

Written by a team of CDC experts on the forefront of travel medicine, the Yellow Book provides a user-friendly, vital resource for those in the business of keeping travelers healthy abroad. 

The latest version (the 2018 edition) of the Yellow Book includes important travel medicine updates, including:

  • The latest information about emerging infectious disease threats such as Zika, Ebola and MERS
  • New cholera vaccine recommendations
  • Updated guidance on the use of antibiotics in the treatment of travelers’ diarrhea
  • Special considerations for unique types of travel, such as wilderness expeditions, work-related travel and study abroad

Learn more about the Yellow Book on CDC’s website


Claire Stinson is a senior communications officer for the CDC Foundation.