About the 2018 Yellow Book: Front Matter

The front matter from the printed edition of CDC Health Information for International Travel 2018, pages i-xxv, is included here.

Publishing Reference

Editor in Chief

Gary W. Brunette, MD, MS

Chief Medical Editor

Phyllis E. Kozarsky, MD

Medical Editors

Clive M. Brown, MBBS, DTM&H
Nicole J. Cohen, MD, MS
Douglas H. Esposito, MD, MPH
Mark D. Gershman, MD
Stephen M. Ostroff, MD
Edward T. Ryan, MD
David R. Shlim, MD
Richard W. Steketee, MD, MPH
Michelle Weinberg, MD, MPH
Mary Elizabeth Wilson, MD

Managing Editor

Megan Crawley O’Sullivan, MPH

Technical Editor

Ronnie Henry

US Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
Atlanta, Georgia

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Yellow Book 2018: Health Information for International Travel. New York: Oxford University Press; 2017.

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Editorial Staff

Editor in Chief: Gary W. Brunette
Chief Medical Editor: Phyllis E. Kozarsky
Medical Editors: Clive M. Brown, Nicole J. Cohen, Douglas H. Esposito, Mark D. Gershman, Stephen M. Ostroff, Edward T. Ryan, David R. Shlim, Richard W. Skeketee, Michelle Weinberg, and Mary Elizabeth Wilson
Managing Editor: Megan Crawley O’Sullivan
Technical Editor: Ronnie Henry
Design and Production Editor: Kelly Holton
Editorial Assistant: Kelly Winter
Cartographer: R. Ryan Lash
Assistant Cartographer: C. Virginia Lee


CDC Contributors

Abanyie, Francisca
Abe, Karon
Alexander, James P.
Ansari, Armin
Appiah, Grace
Arboleda, Nelson
Arguin, Paul M.
Armstrong, Paige
Averhoff, Francisco
Baggett, Henry C.
Bair-Brake, Heather
Ballesteros, Michael F.
Barbre, Kira A.
Beavers, Suzanne
Beckman, Michele G.
Benenson, Gabrielle A.
Berro, Andre
Blaney, David D.
Bowen, Anna
Bresee, Joseph
Brogdon, William G.
Brooks, John T.
Brown, Clive M.
Brunette, Gary W.
Burdette, Erin
Burke, Heather
Cantey, Paul T.
Cardemil, Cristina V.
Chen, Tai-Ho
Chiller, Tom M.
Choi, Mary
Chosewood, Casey
Clemmons, Nakia S.
Cochi, Stephen L.
Cohen, Nicole J.
Cope, Jennifer
Czarkowski, Alan G.
Dhara, V. Ramana
Dubray, Christine
Duong, Krista Kornylo
Ederer, David J.
Erskine, Stefanie K.
Esposito, Douglas H.
Fischer, Marc
Fitzgerald, Collette
Flannery, Brendan
Fox, LeAnne M.
Francois Watkins, Louise K.
Friedman, Cindy R.
Fullerton, Katie
Gaines, Joanna
Galland, G. Gale
Galloway, Renee L.
Garrison, Laurel E.
Gastañaduy, Paul A.
Gee, Jay E.
Geissler, Aimee L.
Gerber, Susan I.
Gershman, Mark D.
Gibbins, John
Goodson, James L.
Gould, L. Hannah
Green, Michael D.
Griffin, Patricia M.
Hall, Aron J.
Hawley, William A.
Hendricks Walters, Kate
Henry, Ronnie
Herwaldt, Barbara L.
Hills, Susan L.
Hlavsa, Michele C.
Holtzman, Deborah
Hunter, Jennifer
Iwamoto, Martha
Jackson, Brendan
Jentes, Emily S.
Jones, Jeffrey L.
Judd, Michael
Kersh, Gilber J.
Kharod, Grishma A.
Kitt, Margaret
Knust, Barbara
Kozarsky, Phyllis E.
Kroger, Andrew T.
Kutty, Preeta K.
Lebo, Emmaculate J.
Lessa, Fernanda
Liang, Jennifer L.
Lippold, Susan A.
LoBue, Philip
Lopez, Adriana S.
Lopman, Ben
Lyss, Sheryl
MacNeil, Jessica R.
Mahon, Barbara E.
Maloney, Susan A.
Marano, Nina
Marin, Mona
Marston, Chung K.
Martin, Diana L.
Mast, Eric E.
McCollum, Andrea M.
McCotter, Orion Z.
McFarland, Jeffrey
Mead, Paul S.
Meites, Elissa
Meyer, Sarah A.
Mintz, Eric
Montgomery, Susan
Montiel, Sonia H.
Morgan, Oliver W
Moro, Pedro L.
Morof, Diane F.
Mullan, Robert J.
Mutebi, John-Paul
Negron, Maria E.
Nelson, Christina A.
Nelson, Noele P.
Nguyen, Duc B.
Nicholson, William L.
Nickels, Leslie
O’Reilly, Ciara E.
Obijo, Tina
Paddock, Christopher D.
Patel, Manisha
Patimeteeporn, Calvin
Perez-Padilla, Janice
Peters, Philip J.
Petersen, Brett W.
Piacentino, John
Powers, Ann M.
Rabe, Ingrid B.
Raczniak, Gregory A.
Reef, Susan E.
Regan, Joanna J.
Reyes, Nimia L.
Reynolds, Megan R.
Rollin, Pierre E.
Russell, Michelle
Schafer, Ilana J.
Schmid, D. Scott
Schneider, Eileen
Sharp, Tyler M.,
Shealy, Katherine R.
Skoff, Tami H.
Sleet, David A.
Sobel, Jeremy
Sotir, Mark J.
Staples, J. Erin
Steele, Stefanie F.
Stoddard, Robyn A.
Stoney, Rhett J.
Strikas, Raymond A.
Tan, Kathrine R.
Tardivel, Kara
Teshale, Eyasu
Tiller, Rebekah
Tiwari, Tejpratap S. P.
Traxler, Rita M.
Uribe, Carolina
Van Bogaert, Donna
Villarino, Margarita E.
Walker, Allison Taylor
Wallace, Ryan M.
Wassilak, Steven G. F.
Waterman, Stephen H.
Watson, John C.
Weinberg, Michelle S.
Weinberg, Nicholas
Weston, Emily J.
Winter, Kelly
Wong, Karen K.
Workowski, Kimberly
Xiao, Lihua
Yeoman, Kristin
Yoder, Jonathan S.

External Contributors

Adler, Tina National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Clearinghouse, Rockville, MD
Ansdell, Vernon E

University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Atkinson, Gregory

Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

Backer, Howard D. California Emergency Medical Services Authority, Sacramento, CA
Barbeau, Deborah Nicolls Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Barnett, Elizabeth D. Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Batterham, Alan M. Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Benenson, Michael W. Armed Forces Research Institute of the Medical Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand (retired)
Boggild, Andrea K. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Borwein, Sarah T. TravelSafe Medical Centre, Hong Kong, China
Carroll, I. Dale The Pregnant Traveler, Spring Lake, MI
Changizi, Roohollah United Family Hospital, subsidiary of United Family Healthcare, Beijing, China
Chen, Lin H. Mount Auburn Hospital—Travel Medicine Center, Cambridge, MA, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Connor, Bradley A. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
DeRomana, Ines University of California System, Education Abroad Program, Santa Barbara, CA
Ejike-King, Lacreisha Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
Fairley, Jessica K. Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Forgione, Michael Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
Freedman, David O. Shoreland, Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Fukuda, Mark Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand
Gracia, J. Nadine Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
Gushulak, Brian D. Migration Health Consultants, Cheltenham, Canada
Hackett, Peter H. Institute for Altitude Medicine, Telluride, CO, and Altitude Research Center, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Hamer, Davidson H. Center for Global Health and Development Boston University; Department of Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health and Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Henderson, John United Nations consultant, Burma
Hochberg, Natasha S. Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Hyle, Emily P Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Kain, Kevin C. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Keystone, Jay S. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Kotton, Camille Nelson Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, Boston, MA
LaRocque, Regina C. Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Law, Catherine National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Libman, Michael McGill University, Centre for Tropical Disease, Montreal, Canada
Magill, Alan J.* Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Experimental Therapeutics, Silver Spring, MD
Neumann, Karl Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
Nilles, Eric J. Division of Health Securities and Emergencies, World Health Organization, Suva, Fiji
Nord, Daniel A. Divers Alert Network, Durham, NC
Ostroff, Stephen M. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD
Parker, Salim Dee Bee Medical Centre, Cape Town, and South African Society of Travel Medicine, Johannesburg, South Africa
Pedone, Bettina N. Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Pogemiller, Hope University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
Prinz, Robyn K. US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, Washington D.C.
Rhodes, Gary Center for Global Education, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Riddle, Mark S. Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, MD
Rosselot, Gail Travel Well of Westchester, Inc., Briarcliff Manor, NY
Ryan, Edward T. Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, Boston, MA
Sampson, Dana M. Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland
Shlim, David R. Jackson Hole Travel and Tropical Medicine, Jackson Hole, WY
Shurtleff, David National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Staat, Mary Allen International Adoption Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Taggart, Linda R. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Takiguchi, Rodd Department of Dermatology, Kaiser Permanente, Honolulu, Hawaii
Thompson, Andrew University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Valk, Thomas H. VEI Inc., Marshall, VA
Van Tilburg, Christopher Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Hood River, OR
Wangu, Zoon Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Immunology, UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, Worcester, MA
Wilson, Mary Elizabeth Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Wu, Henry M. Emory University, Department of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Youngster, Ilan Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard University, Boston, MA


All contributors have signed a statement indicating that they have no conflicts of interest with the subject matter or materials discussed in the document(s) that they have written or reviewed for this book and that the information that they have written or reviewed for this book is objective and free from bias.


The CDC Yellow Book 2018: Health Information for International Travel editorial team gratefully acknowledges all the authors and reviewers for their commitment to this new edition. We extend sincere thanks to the following people for their contributions to the production of this book:

  • Elise Beltrami, Clive Brown, and Scott Santibanez for their extensive review of the text.
  • Courtney Ware, Aida Sawadogo, Laurie Dieterich and Crystal Polite for their assistance in preparing the text for publication.


To stay on the cutting edge of travel health information, this latest edition of CDC Health Information for International Travel has been extensively revised. The book serves as a guide to the practice of travel medicine, as well as the authoritative source of US government recommendations for immunizations and prophylaxis for foreign travel. As international travel continues to become more common in the lives of US residents, having at least a basic understanding of the medical problems that travelers face has become a necessary aspect of practicing medicine. The goal of this book is to be a comprehensive resource for clinicians to find the answers to their travel health–related questions.

Anne Schuchat, MD, Acting Director

Rima Khabbaz, MD, Acting Director

Martin S. Cetron, MD, Director
Gary W. Brunette, MD, MS, Chief, Travelers’ Health Branch
Phyllis E. Kozarsky, MD, Expert Consultant, Travelers’ Health Branch
Megan Crawley O’Sullivan, Health Communications Specialist, Travelers’ Health Branch