Posted January 8th, 2011, 11:07 AM
Last edited by greatam; January 8th, 2011 at 11:09 AM
There is an INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE of VACCINATION approved by WHO (World Health Organization).
This form is used both to record vaccinations AND for the medical waiver. For anyone that has one of the yellow forms, look in about the middle and you will see MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATION TO VACCINATION.
This is the part that needs to be filled out and stamped by whoever is the local health organization that controls Yellow Fever vaccinations. The letter on doctor's letterhead needs to be taken to either a public health organization or a medical travel clinic, stamped and the letter attached. That is the ONLY form which is accepted worldwide by various countries' health adminstrations. I sure wouldn't bank on what a cruise line employee told me, especially if you want to travel to other places in the world where a YF shot is required (Africa, parts of Asia).
In the US, it is the public health government organizations (including local county level public health agencies). There is definitely the same type of public health organization in Canada. This is what I found via a simple google search: Yellow Fever Vaccination Program, Migration and Travel Health Division, Public Health Agency of Canada at (613) 957-8739. I am sure a phone call will point you to the proper place. I was even able to get YF shots for two of my employees and a waiver for one in a VERY small county in Northern Missouri via public health. They had to wait about 2-3 weeks for the vaccine/forms to arrive because there is no demand in that small county. BUT IIRC, they only paid about $40 each, which was more for overnight shipping and handling than anything else. A definite saving over larger cities' costs, which average about $100pp.