Travel Health Resources
CareSpot provides easy access to important travel health websites such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) plus other valuable research links. As a first step to planning your travel abroad, we recommend that you gather as much travel health info as possible about the countries you intend to visit during your trip (see Find Your Destination).
Centers for Disease Control and Preventation (CDC)
For over 60 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has remained dedicated to promoting quality of life and protecting health through the prevention and control of disease. The CDC is a major operating component of our nation's Department of Health and Human Services. The agency provides valuable information to assist travelers and health care providers, like your travel doctor, in deciding which travel vaccines, travel medications and other preventative measures are necessary to reduce the risks of illness and injury during international travel.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Within the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) is the coordinating and directing authority for all matters involving health and global travel. The WHO helps to establish standards and norms for international health issues through enacting evidence-based policies. Technical assistance is provided to all nations to support each country's monitoring and assessment of health trends to determine the various risks depending on the characteristics of both the traveler and the travel. In addition, the WHO will issue Travel Alerts to identify travel risks and determine the necessary travel precautions and vaccination requirements.
Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network
The Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network is a technical collaboration that allows for the rapid identification, confirmation and response to outbreaks of disease of international importance. The World Health Organization coordinates the response to an outbreak of a travel disease using the resources provided by the network. Outbreak alerts are used to combat the spread of international disease and to ensure assistance reaches affected regions rapidly for epidemic preparedness and capacity.
International Health Regulations (IHR)
There are currently 194 States Parties under the guidance of WHO that are charged with the implementation of global travel health regulations designed to enhance and protect national, regional and global health. The countries assess their own capacity for surveillance and response to health threats and implement strategic plans to ensure the development of core capacities under International Health Regulations. This includes disease control at ports of entry, airports and border crossings.
Pan American Health Organization
With over 100 years of experience, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency that works to improve health and living standards throughout countries in the Americas. As part of the World Health Organization, it serves as the regional office for the Americas and is a part of the United Nations health initiative. The organization works with WHO (through a network of collaborating centers) on health care areas such as communicable diseases, travel health requirements, chronic diseases and advancements in health technologies.
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is concerned with international travel, the issuance of passports and visas as well as programs involving children and family for U.S. and foreign citizens. Our State Department's Office of American Citizen Services and Crisis Management administers the Consular Information Program. Country specific travel information, travel alerts and travel warnings are vital resources provided by the agency to keep the public informed of conditions abroad that may impact safety and security.
National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases
The National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases protects domestic and international populations through epidemiologic and laboratory studies, and the use of quality systems, standards, and practices. The center collaborates with other CDC centers, national agencies and global partners to conduct, coordinate, and support infectious disease research, and prevention.
U.S. Embassies, Consulates and Diplomatic Missions
As a part of the U.S. Department of State, this websites provides active links to U.S. Embassies and Consulates by Country of Destination. When the United States Government's ability to assist Americans citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate, the Bureau of Consular Affairs will issue a travel warning recommending that Americans avoid the risk of travel to that country. In addition, travel warnings are also issued when disease or other instabilities threaten the safety or security of Americans traveling abroad.
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