CDC yellow-book-cover-2014I felt like reenacting Steve Martin’s scene from The Jerk this morning at HTB HQ – “The new phone book is here! The new phone book is here!”

Well, not exactly. But we were excited by the release of the 2014 Yellow Book – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2014 Travel Guide. Officially known as the CDC Health Information for International Travel, the Yellow Book is the ultimate guide for healthy international travel.

A team of almost 200 experts takes part in putting together the biannual guide. It’s chock full of information on a variety of topics such as cruise ship travel, food and water precautions, international adoptions, and recent immigrants returning home to visit family and friends.

The 2014 edition also has some new features:

  • An expanded destination-specific list of vaccine requirements and recommendations to help travelers prepare for their next trip.
  • Updated malaria risk and prevention information, along with ten new country-specific malaria maps, showing travelers if they will be in an area with malaria and how best to prevent it.
  • New sections on infectious diseases related to travel: Escherichia coli, salmonellosis, fascioliasis, and hand, foot and mouth disease.
  • New select destinations: Jamaica, Thailand, Vietnam, and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
  • Updated disease risk maps to help travelers understand where important diseases occur.

And – this is cool – there’s a new accompanying mobile app with the complete 2014 edition available for iOS and Android (or rather, there will be – it isn’t released yet).

You can purchase the book through the CDC’s website.


About The Author

John Miller is president of ScribeWise. He is an avid traveler and web-surfing junkie. Visit

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