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Travel Health Advice for Health Care Professionals
It is desirable that all those involved in administering travel vaccines, including yellow fever, have some knowledge of travel-associated health risks, including the risk of malaria. Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres (YFVCs) should ensure that travellers are aware of these risks and be able to advise accordingly or direct the traveller to a source of such advice. YFVCs are encouraged to register with and use TRAVAX®, a web-based country-by-country resource detailing travel-associated health risks, including yellow fever and malaria. It is a source of national guidance for health professionals advising travellers, and is developed and managed by the Travel Health Section of HPS. Registration is free within the NHS in Scotland. There is a nominal charge for users out-with the NHS.
HPS also provide a clinical enquiries telephone helpline for TRAVAX® users:
- TRAVAX® Telephone Helpline: 0141 300 1130
This service is available between the hours of 2.00pm - 4.00 pm, Monday and Wednesday and 9.30-11.30 am on Friday (excluding Public Holidays).
Please Note: This service is for Healthcare Professionals only.
Information Pack - Designation of Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres
This information pack provides the detail required for application to become a designated YFVC. The IHR are explained, together with information on completing an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, requirements for record keeping, storage and disposal of vaccine, and suggested procedure should there be an interruption of the cold chain. Guidelines for the administration of yellow fever vaccine, resuscitation and anaphylaxis and training programmes for YFVCs are identified. YFVCs are strongly advised to read this document.
De-Designation of Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres
The De-Designation of Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres process is what HPS follows to de-designate those YFVCs who fail to maintain the required standards. The legislative authority for HPS to do this on behalf of the Scottish Government falls under section 10 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 and specifically the National Health Service (Functions of the Common Services Agency) (Scotland) Amendment Order (No 2) 2006 SS1/206/603.
International Travel and Health
Published annually by the WHO and contains information on country requirements for yellow fever. This information is interpreted and included on the TRAVAX® country-specific pages. Yellow fever vaccinators should have access to current information on disease risks and outbreaks.
Other resources for Health Care Professionals
Travel Health Advice for the General Public
YFVC’s should direct travellers to fitfortravel® the public website provided by HPS, which gives travel health advice consistent with that on TRAVAX®
Travel Health Training
As part of the YFVC programme, HPS has introduced a requirement for centres to undertake specific yellow fever training. Details of this training can be found on the Training Requirements page.
For those interested in undertaking further training in the specialist area of Travel Health Medicine there are several courses which HPS either runs or supports:
Foundation course in Travel Medicine
This is a multidisciplinary distance learning course and includes 4 written assignments followed by a 2-day workshop. The study period is 6 months. It is run twice a year.
'TREC' (Travel Health Related Education and Care)
A course designed for Practice, Treatment Room, & Occupational Health nurses who are, perhaps, new to the field of Travel Health Medicine or wishing to update and expand their current knowledge.
Royal College Membership Diploma in Travel Medicine
A package of education, examination and membership from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. This comprises Royal College Membership Diploma in Travel Medicine preparatory course (one week residential followed by 27 weeks of blended eLearning); complimentary Faculty of Travel Medicine Affiliate Membership for the duration of learning; entrance to Part A and Part B Membership examinations.
On successful completion of Part A and Part B examinations, award of the Royal College Membership Diploma in Travel Medicine and eligibility to join the Faculty of Travel Medicine as a full member.
Last reviewed: March 2017
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