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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Mar;94(3):485-8. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0510. Epub 2015 Dec 28.

Travel Vaccines Enter the Digital Age: Creating a Virtual Immunization Record.

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1
Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario; Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario; Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario; Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden kwilson@ohri.ca.
2
Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario; Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario; Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario; Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Abstract

At present, proof of immunization against diseases such as yellow fever is required at some international borders in concordance with the International Health Regulations. The current standard, the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), has limitations as a paper record including the possibility of being illegible, misplaced, or damaged. We believe that a complementary, digital record would offer advantages to public health and travelers alike. These include enhanced availability and reliability, potential to include lot specific information, and integration with immunization information systems. Challenges exist in implementation, particularly pertaining to verification at border crossings. We describe a potential course for the development and implementation of a digital ICVP record.

PMID:
26711516
PMCID:
PMC4775877
DOI:
10.4269/ajtmh.15-0510
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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