CDC Travelers' Health Branch
The CDC Travelers’ Health Branch monitors, analyzes, and reports occurrences of diseases and events of global public health significance. The branch's mission is to reduce illness and injury in U.S. residents traveling internationally or living abroad, through alerts, recommendations, education, and support to travelers and health care providers, based on the best science.
Areas of focus include:
- studying and monitoring illness and injury among travelers
- health communication and education
- collaboration with external partners
- monitoring disease outbreaks and other health threats around the world that may affect travelers
The branch provides travel health advice, including vaccine recommendations and requirements, to international travelers and the health care providers who advise them.
The Travelers’ Health Branch also plays an integral role in CDC’s global emergency response efforts. The branch is responsible for developing and distributing event-specific advice regarding the risks of travel during an emergency, such as the H1N1 influenza pandemic, the Haiti earthquake and cholera outbreak, and the Japan earthquake and radiation release.