Important Information for Travelers to Africa and South America: Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage
Due to manufacturing issues, Y-Vax, the only yellow fever vaccine licensed in the United States, will not be available until further notice. The CDC has arranged for another yellow fever vaccine to be available on a limited basis.
If you are traveling to a part of the world for which the yellow fever vaccine is required or recommended, you should schedule an appointment for a travel consult as soon as possible. This fall the CHS travel clinic will have exhausted its supply of the vaccine. If your nurse consultant determines that you need the yellow fever vaccine, you will be referred to a local clinic that offers Stamaril, a French vaccine that provides protection from the Yellow Fever Virus, that has partnered with the UofA to offer the vaccine to CHS Travel Clinic clients.
For further information call (520) 621-2292. For information about which countries require yellow fever vaccination for entry and which countries the CDC recommends yellow fever vaccination, visit the CDC Travelers’ Health website (www.cdc.gov/travel).
Travel Immunizations & Appointments
Travel Immunizations are available to all UA students, faculty, and staff who are planning on traveling out of the country. A travel appointment is required and is a comprehensive appointment in which the traveler is given a Travax Travel Report, which includes a complete summary of required/recommended vaccinations for travel to the specific destination, any travel advisories, and relevant country-specific information. The traveler would receive all desired vaccinations at that time, as well as prescriptions for anti-malarial medication and treatment of Traveler’s Diarrhea.
For more information, contact (520) 621-9202. Appointments for travel-related illness or travel physicals should be made with a Campus Health Physician or Nurse Practitioner.
Are you doing a study abroad program?
Book an appointment with the Travel Clinic. After your visit, the nurse will submit electronic verification of your travel visit to Study Abroad. No health information will be shared, it is verification of a travel consult only. You can book this travel appointment by calling (520) 621-9202.
Obtaining pre-travel health care advice from a clinician familiar with travel is an important step in preparing for international travel. Ideally, this visit should take place at least 4-6 weeks before travel. The pre-travel visit includes a discussion of immunizations, prophylactic medications (such as antimalarial drugs), and specific health advice for preventing and treating traveler’s diarrhea and other illnesses the traveler may encounter.
An appointment with our Travel Clinic can provide you with a comprehensive pre-travel consultation, which will provide you with the most up-to-date information for the planned destination, including current travel advisories for disease outbreaks, natural disasters, social disruptions, or other events with health-related concerns.
Are you traveling by yourself or with a group? You can book an individual appointment call (520)-621-9202. For those interested in group visits, please call: (520)-621-2292 at least 8 weeks before travel.
- 50% of travelers who visited primary care physicians for travel advice received the WRONG medication to prevent malaria.
- 25% of travelers who visited their primary care provider did not get necessary vaccinations or received UNNECESSARY immunizations.
- Updating of routine vaccinations are often overlooked when planning for international travel.
- Yellow fever vaccinations can be administered ONLY by AUTHORIZED healthcare providers.
Getting proper vaccinations prior to travel can help to prevent deadly overseas diseases. It is important for travelers to understand the health risks that traveling internationally may pose and be actively involved in preparing for health travel.
International travel should be fun, exciting, and most importantly, safe. Allow Campus Health Travel Clinic to prepare you for your world adventure!
The following questions should be answered before you travel:
- Have you obtained health information pertaining to travel in tropical or developing nations?
- Have you received all required and/or recommended travel vaccinations?
- Have you inquired about protection against malaria?
- Are you aware of how to protect yourself against food and water-borne diseases?
- Are you equipped to handle medical emergencies or injuries while traveling?
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
- Anti-malarial medications
- Treatment for Traveler’s Diarrhea
- Country-specific requirements and/or recommendations.
- Diseases present in travel destinations
- Recent Disease outbreaks
- Personal safety
- Local transportation information
- Cultural awareness
- Available medical care in country destination