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Press Release

June 26, 2003 Contact: CDC Media Relations

CDC Releases New Edition of Yellow Book;
Gold Standard for International Travel Health Information

A revised travel health resource will better assist travelers in planning safer trips abroad. The new edition of the Yellow Book, a health information tool for international travel published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and considered by many to be the gold standard on travel information, has been expanded to offer new information on scuba diving safety, high altitude travel, travelers with special needs, and traveling with children.

The Yellow Book also offers vaccination and medication information for disease risks by destination as well as helpful health hints for cruise ship travel, international adoptions, motion sickness and much more.

Additional new health topics in the book include:

  • New recommendations for preventing malaria;
  • Changes in vaccine recommendations for travelers;
  • Changes in recommendations for insect repellent use;
  • Expanded text motion sickness and travel-related injury, and;
  • Improved maps and expanded indexing;

A companion web site is also available. Travelers can look up specific information by travel destination and view or print custom reports based on individual travel plans. In fall 2003, a CD-Rom will be released with more information on travel destinations.

Travelers’ Health ( is one of CDC’s most-visited web sites and is updated as new information becomes available.

The book is updated every two years. To order the Yellow Book, contact the Public Health Foundation at 1-877-252-1200 or visit

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