New 2018 Yellow Book Available
Want the latest travel health recommendations? Use the new CDC Yellow Book 2018 for your pre-travel health questions.
What is the Yellow Book?
CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as the “Yellow Book,” is 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.
The CDC Yellow Book: A world of health all in one book!
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.
- Health insights about popular tourist destinations and itineraries.
- Advice for special types of travel, including study abroad, travel for work, and wilderness travel.
- Guidance for travelers with specific needs, such as infants and children, pregnant travelers, and those with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems.
What’s new for the 2018?
The 2018 edition offers a variety of new sections and information, including:
- Updated information on emerging global diseases, such as Zika, Ebola, and MERS.
- Expanded, specific information for travel to 16 select destinations, including new sections on Cuba and Burma (Myanmar).
- New cholera vaccine recommendations.
- Updated guidelines on the use of antibiotics to treat travelers’ diarrhea.
- Easy-to-use maps, including global disease maps, 15 country-specific malaria risk maps, and yellow fever vaccine recommendation maps for 10 countries.
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. It was about the size of an index card and contained information about only a few diseases, such as cholera, smallpox, yellow fever, and malaria. The 2018 edition is a book containing eight chapters that span about 650 pages.
- Access to the Yellow Book is technologically savvy! We’ve offered it online since 2002, as an eBook since 2011, and debuted it as a mobile app in 2012.
CDC wants travelers to enjoy the sights, activities, and cultures of countries around the world by staying healthy and safe while traveling internationally. As they plan the details of their itinerary, travelers can also prepare to protect their health while abroad.
How can I get my own copy of the Yellow Book?
You can purchase the Yellow Book through Oxford University Press (save 30% with promo code AMPROMD9), other major online booksellers, at most major bookstores, and as an eBook. The book is also available for free online and is soon to be available as a mobile app. Find more details on the CDC Travelers’ Health Yellow Book homepage.
- Page last reviewed: June 26, 2017
- Page last updated: June 26, 2017
- Content source:
- National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
- Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs