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Travel Alerts

December 5, 2017 - The U.S. Department of State has updated the current Europe Travel Alert to include advice concerning holiday festivals and events. Alerts are issued for short-term events that the U.S. Department of State believes travelers should be aware of when planning to visit a specific country or region of the world. In this most recent alert, the Department of State has not advised individuals to defer travel, but the alert advises travelers to exercise caution and monitor security information for the country or countries of their travels. An alert contrasts with a "warning," which is also issued by the U.S. Department of State, and signals that travelers should consider very carefully whether or not they should travel at all to a specific country. More information on Ohio State’s protocol for U.S. Department of State alerts and warnings can be found on the Office of International Affairs traveler security page.

In light of the holiday season, the current alert notes that holiday festivals and events may present additional focus for terrorist activity. During the month of December it is not uncommon for many European cities to have open-air Christmas markets and holiday festivals in streets and plazas. Travelers should exercise increased situational awareness if visiting or traveling near these areas, as well as review steps that travelers in Europe can take to help them maintain situational awareness and bolster their personal security preparedness.

Ohio State is sending information concerning the alert and additional safety planning guidelines to all students currently studying in or departing for winter break programs in Europe. Ohio State will continue to monitor information from the U.S. Department of State, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, foreign security agencies, the university's insurance providers and contacts on the ground to keep travelers notified and make potential determinations on any necessary itinerary adjustments. If there are any additional questions, please feel free to contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, at simmons.541@osu.edu.

September 19, 2017 - Due to a global shortage of YF Vax, Ohio State travel clinics (including the Wilce Student Health Center and the Rardin Travel and Immunization Center) cannot currently provide the vaccine.    

An alternate yellow fever vaccine, Stamaril, is available at two certified clinics in central Ohio, and each location provides complete travel consultations. Ohio State is currently not a certified site for Stamaril. Travelers should schedule an appointment 4 - 6 weeks prior to travel. 

Travel Health Services LLC Dublin

7219 Sawmill Road

Dublin, Ohio 43016

614-889-6911

Passport Health Dublin

5650 Blazer Parkway

Dublin, Ohio 43017

877-358-8648 or online

Additional locations of certified clinics for Stamaril outside of central Ohio can be located on the CDC website.