New document will give travelers an ID to show proof of past vaccinations

Canada announced Friday that it is now giving international travelers a provisional “certificate of vaccination” to show proof of previous vaccinations, including tuberculosis, for people traveling to Canada from non-Vaccine-Preferred countries. It is a…

New document will give travelers an ID to show proof of past vaccinations

Canada announced Friday that it is now giving international travelers a provisional “certificate of vaccination” to show proof of previous vaccinations, including tuberculosis, for people traveling to Canada from non-Vaccine-Preferred countries. It is a response to large outbreaks of measles and whooping cough in the United States over the past year that have led to huge health scares and were the subject of considerable international alarm.

The special certificate was announced during the annual Canadian Vaccination Week, which has been annually observed since 1974 to promote vaccinations.

At the request of the World Health Organization, the certificate can be used only when information on vaccination records from “Vaccine Preference Countries” like India is unavailable or not available. To obtain the certificate, a traveler must submit a copy of this letter or passport, with a receipt for the vaccination.

Fourteen countries have ceased allowing vaccination against TB, and WHO has cited those four countries as the countries that will issue the certificates, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Canada said.

People from those four countries also may be required to submit a letter from their government or health authority as proof of their vaccination history.

For more information on the certificate, visit the Canadian Immunization Foundation.

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