Chapter Seven

Online travel health resources

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Traveler’s Health
Official inoculation and health recommendations for international travelers. Online database includes updated international health news and travel health tips for every country in the world. A great starting point for health and vaccination information about your destination.

World Health Organization – Travel and health
Updated health information for international travelers, including disease distribution maps and current health news on a country-by-country basis.

Travel Health Online
Well-organized and comprehensive health website for travelers. Gives extensive listings on individual countries, including level of medical care, economic/political standing, vaccination issues, and possible health concerns.
Complete travel health information, updated daily, for physicians and travelers.

Institute for International Medicine
Non-profit organization that provides international health instruction.

Wilderness Medical Society
Provides wilderness medical education and instruction and conducts research and publishes academic journals.

Travel health books

CDC Health Information for International Travel 2014 edited by Gary W. Brunette MD MPH (Oxford University Press, 2013, Kindle and print)
Updated biennially by a team of over 200 health experts, this is the definitive guide to travel medicine, including easy-to-read disease risk maps, information on where to find health care during travel, advice for those traveling with infants and children, a comprehensive catalog of diseases, and detailed country-specific health warnings.

The Rough Guide to Travel Health, by Nick Jones (Rough Guides, 2004, print)
Includes a section on pre-trip health planning, an encyclopedia of health problems, and an international section dedicated to specific countries’ health risks.

Shitting Pretty: How to Stay Clean and Healthy While Traveling, by Jane Wilson-Howarth (Travelers’ Tales, May 2000, print)
A humorous, sympathetic approach to travel health, including tips on how to avoid diarrhea, parasites, and all manner of tropical diseases.

Where There is No Doctor (Hesperian).
Designed for aid workers and missionaries, this classic public-health text has meant survival for thousands in the Third World since the early 1970s. This series includes books on medical and dental care, women’s health, and other topics. PDF, e-reader or print available.