CDC Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

CDC Level 3 Travel Alert Issued for Indonesia

Central Sulawesi Province Indonesia suffered earthquake and tsunami
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Because of the recent earthquake and tsunami on September 28, 2018, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Indonesia. 

Recently, 2 natural disasters caused severe damage, injuries, and deaths in the province of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. As a result of damaged infrastructure and compromised sanitation, the risk of infectious diseases is increased after a natural disaster. 

The CDC says ‘travelers to the Central Sulawesi province may experience serious health and safety risks, and medical care may not be available. 

Additionally, the CDC says if you must travel to Central Sulawesi, protect yourself by following CDC’s recommendations listed below: 

  • Make an appointment with a travel specialist or your healthcare provider to get needed vaccines and medicines, including vaccines against tetanus, hepatitis A, and seasonal flu. This vaccination review should be completed 6 weeks prior to departure, as the vaccines require time to enhance your disease immunities. 
  • The government of Indonesia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission
  • Pack a travel health kit with your prescription medicines and over-the-counter medicines (enough to last your whole trip, plus a little extra), first aid supplies, and your health insurance card. 
  • Monitor the US Department of State's Travel Advisory and Alerts for Indonesia. And, US citizens should enroll online in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates and information about assistance in an emergency.
  • Prepare for the unexpected. Leave copies of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home, in case they are lost during travel.

Since the Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance.

"It is critical to protect yourself before traveling to yellow fever endemic areas," said Chris Felton, PharmD, at Brookshires Grocery pharmacy.

"Stamaril is not a new vaccine and has been used in many countries for decades.”

“Like YF-Vax, Stamaril is a live vaccine, and both vaccines have similar efficacy and safety profiles," said Felton.

Travel vaccine specialists can be contacted at Vax-Before-Travel.