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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Travelers’ Health

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) dedicates this page to information related to common infections acquired during travel and how to avoid them. The website includes recommended vaccinations, preventative medicines, how to avoid insect bites, and more. It can be considered a go-to website for anyone planning to stay healthy during travel, especially to other countries.

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Review Date: 10/5/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

This subsection of the CDC website presents visitors with a dropdown menu that helps them pick a desired location of travel. Users can then filter results by type of traveler (e.g. "pregnant woman," "cruise ship," etc.) to further specify relevant materials. The search bar is specific to this CDC subsection, but results cannot be sorted.

Visual Design

The website is visually plain, with few images and other multimedia content. The font stands out well against the background but it can be painfully small in some areas. And while pages convey helpful information, some flood the reader with information and require a good deal of scrolling to get through.

Quality

This section cites high-quality sources so that readers can be sure this information is among the most accurate regarding the intersection of health and travel. Readers will find very important information that is detailed enough to help them take all the precautions necessary to avoid health risks during travel.

Credibility

The CDC is a highly respected health organization employing many qualified infectious disease specialists. Unfortunately, the website does not identify the author(s) of its online content. However, the materials are updated often to reflect the most recent recommendations for safe traveling.

Pros

  1. Detailed country-by-country instructions about how to stay healthy and avoid disease
  2. Specific information based on age, health status, and type of travel
  3. Resources about common infections that can be acquired by traveling

Cons

  1. Some information has not been reviewed recently
  2. Unappealing visual design

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Travel health notices, country-specific health information, travel clinic finder tool, mobile app

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: privacy@cdc.gov

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