Fairfax County Health Department provides pre-travel consultations and many immunizations that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prior to international travel for adults and children.
The Health Department only provides yellow fever vaccine by appointment at its Joseph Willard Health Center in Fairfax. See the Yellow Fever Vaccine section on this page for more information.
What You Need to Know Before You Travel
- The Health Department provides international travel immunization services to people who live in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Residents of other jurisdictions can receive yellow fever vaccine from the Health Department, but should contact their local health department about other travel vaccines.
- International travel services are available by appointment only. Call one of the Health Department's five district offices to make an appointment.
- International travel appointments should be made at least two weeks prior to travel to ensure your body has time to build immunity following vaccinations.
- Visit CDC's website to learn more about the type of vaccines that are recommended for your destination.
- Bring all immunization records to your appointment, including your yellow travel card if you have one.
- A parent or legal guardian must accompany minors.
- Bring a list of prescription medications that you are currently taking, including dosage information.
- An appointment with a medical doctor is required for all travelers who:
- Require a prescription for malaria prevention.
- Are less than 12 months old.
- Are greater than 60 years old and need yellow fever vaccine.
- Are immunocompromised.
- Are pregnant.