Spectrum Health Travel Medicine Service (SH TMS)
We understand the frustrations of travelers and our clients since the Centers of Disease Control (#1 U.S. authority for international Travel health) has not updated their Travel to Japan website nor posted Travel alerts regarding travels to the region. We are closely following the situation in the region and have prepared updates below summarizing advice from the Department of State Issued Alerts
, International SOS and other reputable sources.
Recent Spectrum Health TMS Alerts:
March 16, 2011
The US Department of State issued Alerts advising U.S. citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Japan
, as a result of the recent earthquake (9.0 magnitude) and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March. The Alert issued on March 13, 2011 is consistent with the recommendations made by Foreign Affairs departments of other countries.
March 17, 2011
Spectrum Health Travel Medicine Service is committed to keep our clients and their travelers up-to-date on the latest international travel recommendations. As we mentioned in the 16th March Update
, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the northeast coast of the Japanese island of Honshu on March 11, 2011.
March 18, 2011
Recently the US Department of State upgraded its advisory on Japanese earthquake from a Travel Alert to a Warning
, the highest level of notice
, strongly urging US citizens “to defer travel to Japan and those in Japan should consider departing.” This Warning came as a result of deteriorating situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant.