You should always contact your health care provider for immunizations and other medical advice regarding international travel. Vaccination and other recommendations your health care provider may make are dependent on your itinerary, length of stay, and the type of travel that you will be doing. Giving your health care provider a detailed travel plan will help them give the best possible advice.
Do I need a vaccination to travel?
- Depending on your destination and travel itinerary, your health care provider may recommend that you get immunized against diseases which are not common in the United States. Some of these diseases are very dangerous.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have general vaccination recommendations for international travelers posted on their website at: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentVaccinations.aspx.
- Recommendations for specific destinations are available at: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationList.aspx.
Where can I go?
- Your health care provider or a travel immunization clinic may be able to provide you with the vaccinations recommended for the area to which you are traveling. In addition, your county health department may offer immunizations needed for travel to foreign countries where vaccine-preventable diseases are common.
- You can visit your county health department website to check on availability at: http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/immun/immun_depts.htm. Maricopa County residents also can get information about foreign travel by calling 602-506-6068.
Contact the Arizona Department of Insurance http://www.id.state.az.us/ for information on HMO coverage for vaccinations that are medically necessary for foreign travel.
Yellow Fever Vaccinations
The Arizona Immunization Program Office (AIPO) receives requests for yellow fever vaccination forms from 1) individuals seeking yellow fever vaccinations for international travel from a certified yellow fever immunization provider, and 2) physicians requesting certification from AIPO to administer yellow fever vaccinations.
The following addresses both issues:
Individuals seeking yellow fever vaccination
Physicians requesting Yellow Fever Certification
- Write a letter on the physician or practice letterhead requesting yellow fever certification to:
Arizona Immunization Program Office (AIPO)
Attention: Yellow Fever Certification
150 N. 18th Ave., Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3233
Or call AIPO at (602) 364-3630
- Designation as a certified Yellow Fever vaccine provider is renewable annually at no cost.
- Yellow fever vaccine is available from Connaught Laboratories (717) 839-7187 to state-approved providers.