Yellow Fever Vaccine
What Is Yellow Fever?
- High fever
- Chills and muscle aches
- Yellowing of the skin, known as jaundice
What Is the Yellow Fever Vaccine?
Who Should Get Vaccinated and When?
- All individuals aged 9 months to 59 years who are traveling to or living in a place where yellow fever is present such as certain parts of South America and Africa
- People who work in labs and may be exposed to yellow fever
What Are the Risks Associated With Yellow Fever Vaccine?
- Soreness, swelling, or redness at the injection site
- Muscle aches
- Nervous system reaction
- Severe allergic reaction
- Organ failure
Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?
- Infants aged six months or younger—In rare cases when your 6-8 month-old baby must travel to high-risk areas, talk to the doctor about the vaccine.
- People over the age of 60 are at higher risk for serious complications. If you are traveling to an area of yellow fever risk, consult an infectious disease specialist to find out if vaccination is a good choice for you.
- Are severely allergic to eggs, chicken, or gelatin
- Have a disease that weakens the immune system, such as HIV —If you are traveling to high-risk areas, talk to your doctor about the vaccine.
- Are receiving treatments that weaken the immune system, such as cancer treatment
- Have cancer
- Have problems with the thymus or have had their thymus removed
- Are pregnant—Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the vaccine if you are traveling to a high-risk area. If you are vaccinated, your doctor may use a blood test to confirm immunity.
- Are breastfeeding—If you are traveling to high-risk areas, talk to your doctor about the vaccine.
What Other Ways Can Yellow Fever Be Prevented Besides Vaccination?
- Use insect repellent.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Stay in screened areas.
What Happens in the Event of an Outbreak?
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Vaccine and Immunizations Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines
World Health Organization http://www.who.int
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 06/03/2013 -