CDC Yellow Book 2020 Highlights

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Interested in the latest travel health recommendations? Check out the CDC Yellow Book, Health Information for International Travel, to answer your patients’, employees’, or your own travel health questions.

What is the Yellow Book?

We want all travelers to stay healthy while enjoying the sights, activities, and cultures of countries around the world. As travelers plan the details of their itinerary, clinicians can use the Yellow Book to help inform their health protection strategy.

The Yellow Book offers readers current U.S. government travel health guidelines, including pre-travel vaccine recommendations, destination-specific health advice, and easy-to-reference maps, tables, and charts.

Written by CDC’s travel health experts, the Yellow Book is intended as a reference for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. Other audiences that find the Yellow Book to be a helpful resource include:

  • Travel industry,
  • Corporations and chief medical officers,
  • Missionary and volunteer organizations,
  • Americans who live abroad, and travelers taking short trips.

The Yellow Book contains numerous resources to assist health care professionals in making appropriate recommendations to their patients, before, during, and after international travel.

CDC Yellow Book 2020
The CDC Yellow Book: A world of health all in one book!

Pre-travel resources include

  • How to conduct a pre-travel consultation
  • Travel-related disease information: Causes, global distribution, prevention measures
  • Vaccines: Updated vaccine requirements and recommendations
  • Clinical guidance: An in-depth look at the specific travel health needs of infants and children, pregnant travelers, and those with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems
  • Overviews of popular tourist destinations and itineraries
  • Recommendations for expatriates, travelers visiting friends and relatives overseas or participating in study abroad, travel for work, adventure travel.

During-travel resources

  • Conditions: Including travelers’ diarrhea, altitude illness, jet lag, motion sickness, and respiratory infections.

Post-travel resources

  • How to conduct a post-travel evaluation
  • Post-travel evaluation and management: Fever in the returned traveler, sexually transmitted infections, skin and soft tissue infections, persistent diarrhea, screening newly arrived immigrants and refugees.

Did you know…?

The Yellow Book is 52 years old! CDC’s first Yellow Book (1967) was actually a small pamphlet entitled Immunization Information for International Travel. It was about the size of an index card and contained information about a few diseases, like cholera, smallpox, yellow fever, and malaria.

What’s New for 2020?

The 2020 edition offers a variety of new sections and information, including:

  • Henipaviruses
  • Recommendations for practicing travel health remotely, via telemedicine
  • Updated vaccine recommendations
  • Updated road and traffic-safety advice
  • Emerging travel-related illnesses, including Zika, Ebola, and sarcocystosis
  • New FDA-approved drugs
  • Rapid diagnostic tests for tropical infectious diseases
  • Recommendations for travelers with severe allergies
  • Use of the One Health approach to manage zoonotic diseases
  • Treating infectious diseases in the face of increasing antimicrobial resistance
  • Legal issues facing clinicians who provide travel health care

Want a copy of Yellow Book 2020 for your practice?

You can purchase the Yellow Book through Oxford University Pressexternal icon, other major online booksellers, at most major bookstores, or as an eBook. The entire content of the book is also available online at the CDC website.

Learn more by exploring Yellow Book 2020  on the CDC Travelers’ Health website.