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The Disease Outbreak Control Division provides a number of resources for healthcare providers, from updates and advisories, to resources on influenza, vaccinations, antimicrobial resistance, disease information, and other important topics. Healthcare providers can use the DOCD website to report illnesses, obtain information about programs such as Stop Flu at School, and learn about other issues of importance to healthcare providers in Hawaii.


Yellow Fever in Brazil 
March 20, 2017

Since December 2016 there has been an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in several states in Brazil. In response to the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel alert (Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions) for certain areas of the country.

It is recommended that anyone 9 months or older that are traveling to these areas should be vaccinated against yellow fever. People who have not been vaccinated should not travel to areas with ongoing outbreaks. Booster doses of yellow fever vaccine are no longer recommended by CDC for most travelers, however, booster doses may be given to travelers who received their last dose of yellow fever vaccine at least 10 years ago and who will be traveling to high-risk settings. Travelers should consult with a yellow fever vaccine provider to determine if they should be vaccinated.

For updated information on the outbreak, including identification of affected areas in Brazil and CDC recommendations, visit CDC’s Travelers’ Health page – Yellow Fever in Brazil.

For more information on yellow fever, go here.


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