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  1. USCGA_hopeful

    USCGA_hopeful Candidate Appointee

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    I have all my shots and stuff up to date. I was wondering about the yellow fever shot. First off why do we need and second, would it be best to get it now or wait till the academy? Thanks.
     
  2. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    I don't know why we need it but I was talking to my doctor and he said it was really hard to get but sometimes your state department may have it. Personally, I'm getting mine at the uscga
     
  3. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    You never know where your training may take you.

    In the past, cadets have traveled to and disembarked in Latin America and South America, where an immunity to Yellow Fever is advisable.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    You take it because they tell you to. And it's true, you never know where the job will take you.
     
  5. zachogden

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    Case and point: I have 3 friends going to Colombia this summer as part of their 3/c summer training. Last year around half a dozen cadets did a cruise along the West African coast. Like LITS and Luigi both said, you never know.
     
  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Africa as well....
     
  7. BR2011

    BR2011 USAFA Cadet

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    that was me. i got every shot on the sheet....twice over
     
  8. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I had to do a second round of Hep B shots until I could prove that I had already had the full three series.....

    Originally had it done in middle school, but lost the documentation.

    Shots only hurt a very short time, but they can be very helpful....especially when you travel.
     
  9. USCGA_hopeful

    USCGA_hopeful Candidate Appointee

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    so would it be better to wait for the academy or get it now?
     
  10. Sandbar

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    Shot

    Get as many shots now, but yellow fever shot in civilian world can be
    expensive. If cost is a factor, let Uncle Sam give you the shot.

    Good Luck To All
     
  11. bossf51

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    My advice, get them now rather than later...in case you have any kind of reaction...much better to lose some time now than in swab summer. :eek:
     
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    Interesting - I just tried to make an appointment to get the yellow fever immunization at our county health department, and they wouldn't do it. They said that unless I can tell them the country to which she will travel and it is included on their list of "required countries," they can't give the immunization. So, I guess my daughter will have to wait until she gets to CGA for that one!! Did anyone have any success in obtaining this shot?
     
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    Getting the Yellow Fever vaccine as well as the Smallpox vaccine outside of official Govt channels may prove difficult for incoming swabs, it may be best to get them on R-Day with the rest of your shipmates.
     
  14. Mom2

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    Yellow Fever Immunization

    The medical information sent to appointees did say that many cadets opt to have that immunization after they get to the CGA. However, if you want it ahead of time, it should be available locally. Just ask someone that has ever done overseas travel or medical work (travel offices and college overseas programs can tell you where to go as well). My son has the yellow fever immunization because we traveled to Kenya for some medical missions work. In our case we went to our university medical center, and they have a clinic specifically for travel/occupational medicine that can provide those services--but yes, as someone has already mentioned, it will cost more money, so CGA is probably the way to go.
     
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    Luigi - is the CGA requiring the Small Pox vaccine?
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Yes, there is a small pox vaccination.
     
  17. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    Small pox

    really? It was not on the immunization list.
     
  18. Luigi59

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    According to this March 03 2008 document.....

    COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 6230.10 - US COAST GUARD SMALLPOX VACCINE PROGRAM (SVP)

    ....all active duty USCG personnel must be vaccinated against smallpox.

    1. THE COAST GUARDS SMALLPOX VACCINATION PROGRAM (SVP) IS OUTLINED
    IN REFERENCES A, B AND C. TRAINEE PERSONNEL MUST BE SCREENED AND
    IMMUNIZED AS REQUIRED. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ALL TRACENS, THE
    LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CENTER, ATC MOBILE/CGAS CLEARWATER AND THE
    COAST GUARD ACADEMY WILL SCREEN CADETS, OFFICER CANDIDATES,
    RECRUITS, AVIATORS IN TRANSITION TRAINING AND "A" SCHOOL TRAINEES
    FOR ENTRY INTO SVP AND IMMUNIZE THOSE ELIGIBLE.
     
  19. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    They were done our firstie year.
     
  20. BR2011

    BR2011 USAFA Cadet

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    you get smallpox as a 3/c now. i wouldnt worry too much about getting vaccines. they really dont cause that much pain (smallpox being the exception) so you should be fine to get a few of them at the academy.
     

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