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Appendix A

Contents

APPENDIX A

Administration Requirements for 
Yellow Fever Vaccination


Date

Requirements

Authority

30 January 1941

All military personnel stationed in the tropical regions of the Western Hemisphere, including Panama and Puerto Rico. Those ordered to these areas to be vaccinated prior to departure.

WD AG Ltr (1-10-41) MA-M, 30 Jan 41, sub: Vaccination of troops against yellow fever. AG: 720.3.

9 May 1941

All military and civilian personnel stationed in tropical regions including Bermuda; all personnel who embark on Army transports for station in or travel through these regions; all personnel of tactical and mobile units of GHQ Air Force; all other Air Corps personnel on a voluntary basis.

WD AG Ltr (4-17-41) M-WPD-M, 9 May 41, sub: Vaccination of troops against yellow fever. AG: 720.3.

24 January 1942

All military personnel to be immunized as soon as practicable; those vaccinated in accordance with previous instructions not to be immunized a second time.

WD AG Ltr (12-26-41) MB-A-M, 24 Jan 42, sub: Vaccination of troops against yellow fever. AG: 720.3.

2 June 1942

All troops leaving United States by air or water. Vaccine available at ports of embarkation and for the Air Surgeon only.

WD AG Ltr (5-13-42) MB-M, 2 Jun 42, sub: Vaccination of troops against yellow fever. AG: 720.3.

29 June 1942

Vaccination limited to military personnel traveling to or through or stationed in areas where yellow fever is endemic. These areas defined by The Surgeon General as: In the Western Hemisphere, the mainland of South America lying between latitudes 13 N. and 30 S. including the islands immediately adjacent. In the Eastern Hemisphere, the portion of Africa lying between latitudes 16 N. and 12 S. including the islands immediately adjacent.

Ltr, SG to CGs AGF, AAF, SOS, all Armies, CAs, Depts, Bases and Ports of Embarkation, COs all Exempted Stas, Chiefs of SvCs, 29 Jun 42, sub: Vaccination against yellow fever. SG: 720.3.

17 November 1942

Same requirements as 29 June 1942, with redefinition of endemic areas to include the Republic of Panama and the Canal Zone.

Ltr, SG to CGs AGF, AAF, SOS, all Armies, SvCs, Depts, Overseas Forces, Bases and Ports of Embarkation, COs all Exempted Stas, 17 Nov 42, sub: Vaccination against yellow fever. SG: 720.3.

27 November 1942

All military personnel of the Air Transport Command and civilian personnel detailed to flying duty with the Air Transport Command to be immunized against yellow fever as a routine procedure.

Ltr, CG ATC to CG North Atlantic Wing, CO Caribbean Wing, CG South Atlantic Wing, CG Africa-Middle East Wing, CO Alaskan Wing, CO India-China Wing, HQ AFATC, 27 Nov 42, sub: Immunization. HD: 720.3.

28 November 1942

All Army Air Forces personnel of air and ground echelons of operational and replacement training units.

Ltr, Air Surg to CG each Air Force, 28 Nov 42, sub: Medical. HD: 720.3.

11 February 1943

Same as 29 June and 17 November 1942, with added provision that if travel is by air, vaccination is to be accomplished at least 10 days prior to departure in order to avoid delays en route. Individual certificates of vaccination required for those traveling to India.

WD AG Memo 40-7-43, 11 Feb 43, sub: Summary of immunization requirements for overseas duty.

15 October 1943

Same as 11 February 1943, with added requirement that individuals destined for India and passing through endemic areas as defined in letter of 29 June 1942, or any part of Angola, French West Africa, French Equatorial Africa, or Eritrea be vaccinated not more than 2 years nor less than 14 days before entering these areas.

WD Cir 254, 15 Oct 43.

11 May 1944

All military and civilian personnel subject to field service with the Army and others authorized to travel to or through endemic yellow fever areas by Army transport or airplane to be vaccinated against yellow fever within 4 years and not less than 10 days prior to entry into an endemic yellow fever area. The yellow fever endemic areas redefined as follows: In the Eastern Hemisphere, that portion of Africa lying between latitude 18 S. and the northern borders of French West Africa, French Equatorial Africa, and the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, including the islands immediately adjacent thereto. In the Western Hemisphere, the mainland of South America lying between latitudes 13 N. and 30 S., including the islands immediately adjacent, and Panama, including the Canal Zone. However, transit through the Panama Canal with brief sojourns within the terminal port cities or Army posts within the Canal Zone will not be considered as travel through an endemic area.

WD Cir 187, 11 May 44.

9 November 1944

Restatement of policy established in WD Cir 187, 1944.

TB MED 114, 9 Nov 44.

21 June 1945

Discontinuance of yellow fever immunization authorized for personnel returning from ETO by air to the United States through Morocco, Dakar, and Brazil.

Radio WARX 20323, OPD WDGS to Supreme Hq Allied Expeditionary Forces, Frankfort, Germany, 21 Jun 45.

6 September 1945

Routine yellow fever immunization of Army Air Forces personnel discontinued. This personnel in the future to receive yellow fever immunization only in the case of individuals traveling to or through areas where yellow fever is endemic.

AAF Ltr 25-15C to all Air Force Comds, 6  Sep 45, sub: Immunization for overseas duty.


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