2016 Yellow Book Available
Do you have the latest travel health recommendations? Use the new CDC Health Information for International Travel 2016 (the Yellow Book) for your pre-travel health questions.
CDC Health Information for International Travel 2016 Is Now Available!
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.
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 2016 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.
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, humanitarian aid work, medical tourism, and living abroad
- Guidance for travelers with specific needs, such as infants and children, pregnant travelers, and those with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems
What makes the 2016 Yellow Book different?
The 2016 edition offers a variety of new sections and information, including:
- Updated information on emerging global diseases, such as Ebola, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and chikungunya
- Expanded, specific guidelines for travel to 16 select destinations, including Brazil, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, and Haiti
- Perspective on the cost analysis of travel medicine
- Discussion of complementary and alternative health approaches to travel medicine
- Comprehensive advice for healthcare workers traveling to provide care overseas
- 15 country-specific malaria risk maps
- Yellow fever vaccine recommendation maps for 10 countries
- Improved "quick guides" for easy reference
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. The book is also available as an app, eBook, and as a free online version. Find more details on the CDC Travelers' Health Yellow Book homepage .