Foreign Travel Working Group

MapIn order to stop a Public Health Emergency, it is necessary to go where the problem exists. Eagle Medical Services is proud and honored to support public health missions such as the Zika, Ebola and MERS-CoV surge responses where the outbreak originates “in-country”.  Because the safety and well-being of our employees is the single most important consideration to Eagle Medical Services we have developed a “Foreign Travel Working Group” (FTWG) that has extensive experience in deploying public health experts globally. Our FTWG is a highly seasoned team that is focused on helping ensure that we provide the most up-to-date travel information to our employees.

“The purpose of developing our FTWG is to remove any challenges an employee may encounter during their trip so that that can focus entirely on their important projects and successfully meet the mission.”  – James M. Watt, PhD – Eagle Medical Services GM & Chief Scientist

Today’s mission plans are “in the past” when considering global deployment. It is essential to be plugged-in to our global community in “real-time” to foresee the safety and success of our employees. EMS is committed to leading the deployment of global public health professionals in service to the CDC’s mission.


Our FTWG monitors real-time travel advisories and relies heavily on those offered by the U.S. Department of State travel website.  In addition to travel warnings the site serves as a great resource for many other important considerations prior to traveling anywhere in the world.


High Threat Security and Foreign Affairs Counter Threat Training

In response to evolving threats, the U.S. Department of State has increased required security training to better educate and prepare U.S. Government personnel who are on foreign travel.

“EMS ensures that all of its employees that travel internationally adhere to the same high standards of foreign travel training required by federal personnel and are equipped with all necessary resources for their health and well being  – Desirie Vargas, Eagle Medical Services FTWG

For travel of less than 45 cumulative days within a calendar year to any one or combination of high-threat, high-risk/FACT-mandatory countries, EMS travelers must complete the High Threat Security Overseas Seminar (HTSOS) (HT401).

  • 8-module online course (estimated 5-hour duration)
  • Offered on demand
  • Tuition is $55 (company paid)
  • Training completion certificate is valid for 5 years
  • Valid FACT certificate will satisfy HTSOS requirement
Form SF182 for High Threat Security Overseas Training HT-401

Every two years the CDC publishes the CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as “the Yellow Book.” The Yellow Book contains the latest health recommendations for international travel. It is written primarily for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, who help travelers prepare for upcoming trips. The book offers an in-depth look at travel health risks and ways to prevent them, advice for people with special travel health needs, and more.

Yellow BookTopics in the Yellow Book include:

  • Updated vaccine requirements and recommendations
  • Diseases related to travel: what causes them, where they occur, how to prevent them, and how to diagnose and treat them
  • How to prevent and treat other health risks such as altitude illness, motion sickness, injuries, and travelers’ diarrhea
  • Health insights about popular tourist destinations and itineraries
  • Advice for special types of travel, including study abroad, humanitarian aid work, medical tourism, and living abroad
  • Guidance for travelers with specific needs, such as infants and children, pregnant travelers, and those with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems


Below are mobile apps developed by the CDC to aid travelers prior to and during their stay abroad:

Montezuma’s revenge, Delhi belly, or travelers’ diarrhea—canIeatthiswhatever you call it, an illness from unclean food or water can ruin your international trip. Help prevent travelers’ diarrhea and other illnesses by using CDC’s Can I Eat This? app. Select the country you’re in and answer a few simple questions about what you’re thinking about eating or drinking, and Can I Eat This? will tell you whether it’s likely to be safe. With Can I Eat This?, you can be more confident that your food and drink choices won’t make you spend your international trip in the bathroom.

Key Features

  • Authoritative recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Access recommendations offline (no data connection needed)
  • Easy to use and fun

View this mobile app at iTunes

Application description: CDC’s TravWell apptravlershealth helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. Build a trip to get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list. The app also lets you store travel documents, keep a record of your medications and immunizations, and set reminders to get vaccine booster
doses or take medicines while you’re traveling.

Key Features

  • Authoritative recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • During-travel features available offline (no data connection needed)
  • Fully customizable to do list and packing list
  • Emergency services phone numbers for every destination
  • Easy to use and fun

View this mobile app at iTunes

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