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CDC's 2014 Yellow Book Online and In Print

CDC's Health Information for International Travel 2014 Is Now Available!

Did you know...?

  • CDC partners with the CDC Foundation and Oxford University Press to publish the Yellow Book.
  • CDC's first Yellow Book (1967) was actually a small pamphlet titled Immunization Information for International Travel.
  • The 1967 edition was about the size of an index card and only had information about a few diseases, such as cholera, smallpox, yellow fever, and malaria. The 2014 edition is book-sized and has about 650 pages.
  • The Yellow Book is technologically savvy! It has been offered online since 2002, became available as an eBook in 2011, and debuted as a mobile app in 2012.

CDC wants people to enjoy the sights, activities, and cultures of countries around the world by staying healthy and safe on their international trips. Along with planning the details of their itinerary, travelers can prepare to protect their health.

What is the Yellow Book?

CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as the "Yellow Book," is a book published every two years with the latest health recommendations for international travel. It is written primarily for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, who help travelers prepare for upcoming trips. The book offers an in-depth look at travel health risks and ways to prevent them, advice for people with special travel health needs, and more.

People in the travel industry, international corporations, missionary and volunteer organizations, people who live abroad, and even travelers on short trips also find the Yellow Book an excellent resource.

What information can I find in the Yellow Book?

Topics in the Yellow Book include

  • Updated vaccine requirements and recommendations
  • Diseases related to travel: what causes them, where they occur, how to prevent them, and how to diagnose and treat them
  • How to prevent and treat other health risks such as altitude illness, motion sickness, injuries, and travelers' diarrhea
  • Advice for special types of travel, including study abroad, humanitarian aid work, medical tourism, and living abroad
  • Health insights about popular tourist destinations and itineraries
  • Guidance for travelers with specific needs, such as infants and children, air crews, and those with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems

What makes the 2014 Yellow Book different?

The CDC Yellow Book: A world of health all in one book!

The CDC Yellow Book: A world of health all in one book!

There is plenty to get excited about in the 2014 edition!

New sections and information include

  • New destinations highlighted in the chapter on select destinations: Jamaica, Thailand, Vietnam, and Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Additional diseases related to travel: Escherichia coli infection and fascioliasis
  • 10 new country-specific malaria maps
  • Expanded country-by-country vaccine recommendations that include all travel vaccines
  • Additional "Perspectives" pieces offer clinicians' viewpoints on emerging issues in travel medicine
  • New "For the Record" pieces providing a historical perspective on common travel health topics

Learn more by exploring the 2014 Yellow Book on the CDC Travelers' Health website.

How can I get my own copy of the Yellow Book?

You can purchase the Yellow Book through Oxford University Press, other major online booksellers, and at most major bookstores. Find more details on the CDC Travelers' Health Yellow Book homepage.