Planning a trip abroad? CDC has timely tips
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised and updated its comprehensive health guide for international travelers, nicknamed the "Yellow Book" in a nod to its sunny yellow cover. Originally written for health care professionals, the guide also is a valuable resource for the general public.
The 2012 edition of "CDC Health Information for International Travel" includes new entries, plus previously published information on vaccines, traveling with disabilities, and other pertinent topics.
"International travelers do a lot to get ready for a trip-packing, planning activities, and making sure their passports are in order," says Gary Brunette, M.D., chief of the CDC's Travelers' Health Branch. "But too few plan ahead for their health."
Among the new features: updated maps on the distribution of dengue, yellow fever, and malaria; what to expect if a trip takes place during an international disease outbreak, and tips on preventing travel-related digestive upsets. The guide also features new information on health issues that may crop up during trips to the Caribbean, Egypt (including Nile River cruises), South Africa, and Belize or while attending Olympics or World Cup events.
The book is available in print and digital versions. It also can be accessed free online at the CDC's website for travelers . The site is searchable by destination and is updated regularly as potential health threats arise.