"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"
While that saying might sound old fashioned, it is very relevant when preparing to leave on a trip. When traveling at home or abroad, we must be careful to maintain good health and be aware of circumstances that can affect our personal safety.
The Study Abroad First--Education Travel Information (SAFETI) Clearinghouse
The SAFETI Clearinghouse is located at the Center for Global Education at the University of Southern California. The U.S. Peace Corps has made their comprehensive health and safety information available online through the SAFETI Clearinghouse website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is a part of the federal department of Health and Human Services.
The CDC provides comprehensive health related information and resources to individuals, organizations and communities.
Their traveler's health website
has current information about vaccinations, health and personal safety issues, research and reference materials, travel notices, podcasts and more. The site provides health related information for individual country sites as well.
The World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. The WHO website
has links to information regarding vaccinations, diseases, health and personal safety, and links to national travel and health websites. A guide for safe food for travelers is also available.
The U.S. Department of State
The Travel website
has complete information for passports, travel warnings, country specific information, visas, international law and health and personal safety issues.