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Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2005
Contact: Jennifer Morcone

For First Time Ever, CDC Travel Health Book Now More Widely Available

The new edition of the "Yellow Book", the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) definitive guide on healthy travel, is now available for the first time to health professionals and everyday travelers through bookstores nationwide and online booksellers.

The Yellow Book, which is named for its traditionally yellow cover and is officially titled "Health Information for International Travel," serves as authoritative guide for vital pre-travel healthcare recommendations and essential information about health risks abroad. It is a resource for travel medicine specialists as well as primary healthcare providers who need to provide travel advice. The book also offers vaccination and medication information for disease risks by destination as well as helpful health hints for cruise ship travel, international adoptions, and a wide range of common travel problems such as motion sickness.

"More Americans than ever are traveling abroad, and we want to provide them with the best preventive health information before they go," said Paul Arguin, chief of CDC's geographic medicine and health promotion branch. "The Yellow Book is an essential resource for anyone who provides travel medicine advice, especially healthcare providers, travel agents, airlines and cruise lines, as well as for the traveling public."

New health topics in this year's edition include:

  • Changes in vaccine recommendations for travelers
  • Updated country by country malaria prevention information
  • Valuable advice on potential travel hazards such as natural disasters, animals, swimming, food and drink, altitude and motion sickness, sunburn and more
  • Information on the special needs of travelers - from infants to nursing mothers to the elderly
  • Recommendations for recent U.S. immigrants returning home to visit friends and family
  • Improved maps and expanded indexing

A companion web site that lets travelers look up specific information by travel destination and view or print custom reports based on individual travel plans is also available at

The Yellow Book, offered by major health publisher Elsevier, is now more accessible than ever to the traveling public. It is available at bookstores, through Internet book sellers or by contacting Elsevier Book Order Fulfillment at 1-800-545-2522 or online at

For more information on emerging travel health threats, please visit CDC Travelers' Health online at The site is one of CDC's most-visited web sites and is updated constantly as new information becomes available.

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