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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® 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
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
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.
Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine
A year-long, multidisciplinary, course by distance learning. Includes an introductory
residential week, 10 written assignments, a mid-session residential week, project
and final exam. The Diploma qualification is awarded by the Royal College of Physicians
and Surgeons (Glasgow).
Last reviewed: 04 December 2012
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