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  • Transmitted through mosquito bites
  • Vaccine and certificate may berequired
  • Can be given by designated travel places only
  • Usually not covered by health insurance
  • Ten years protection with one shot

We all want to be protected when we travel. Learning more about yellow fever is an important first step.

Here are some of the most common questions we hear people ask about yellow fever and vaccine against it. We hope you find the answers helpful

QuestionYellow Fever vaccine commonly asked questions

What is Yellow Fever?

It is a potentially deadly viral infection still common in many parts of the world. Spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, its symptoms typically begin 3 to 6 days after infection.

Although many cases may be mild in nature, the disease can still be severely life-threatening. Symptoms can include: high fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, and backache. After a brief recovery period the illness may lead to serious and deadly bleeding, kidney and liver dysfunction.

Liver failure causes a yellowing of the skin called jaundice. This is where Yellow Fever gets its name.

Where and how common is it?

It is common in parts of South America, and West and Central Africa Click here. An estimated 200,000 cases occur worldwide each year resulting in 30,000 deaths.

Periodic outbreaks in Africa can lead to thousands of cases. 32 countries in Africa and 13 countries in Latin America are at high risk for Yellow Fever.

How safe and effective is the vaccine?

It is safe and effective. The vaccine is a single shot and booster doses are administered every 10 years.

Who needs to get a vaccine?

All individuals 9 months of age through 59 years old living in or traveling to high-risk areas, or traveling to a country with a vaccine entry requirement.

Individuals who receive the vaccine should be given an International Certificate of Vaccination.

Individuals who are traveling to-or living in-areas known for Yellow Fever, even if these countries do not require evidence of immunization at entry.

Individuals who are traveling to countries that require an International certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) for entry.

Is it required or recommended?

The vaccine is recommended in some cases and required in others. In countries where the vaccine is required, you will need to present your official certificate to the authorities upon entering their country. Travelers without proof of vaccination could be given the vaccine upon entry-or detained up to 6 days. Click here for a list of countries that require a Yellow Fever certificate.

Is it possible I received it in the past?

Yes, if you have already traveled to one of the countries that require it Click here

What if I got it but lost my certificate?

You must contact the doctor's office where you received the vaccine originally to be issued another copy of your certificate. We only reissue certificates to those who received their vaccines with us.

Who cannot get the vaccine?

Those with severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine including eggs, chicken proteins, and/or gelatin or anyone who has ever had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine.

Alert your doctor if you:

  • Have HIV/AIDS or any other disease that affects the immune system
  • Have a weakened immune system due to cancer or other medical conditions, have had a transplant or have undergone radiation or any drug treatment (steroids, chemotherapy) that affects immune cell function.
  • Have had your thymus removed or have a thymus disorder. (These include myasthenia gravis, DiGeorge syndrome and thymoma.)

What should be expected post vaccination?

Individuals who are severely allergic to egg proteins may need skin testing to determine if the vaccine can be administered safely.

Adverse reactions following a Yellow Fever vaccine are typically very mild and consist of headache, muscle ache, low grade fever, and/or soreness at the injection site. Injection site reactions usually occur in 1-5 days after vaccine is administered.

Severe allergic reaction (shortness of breath, lip or tongue swelling, etc.) is extremely rare (estimated to be 1 case in 130,000 doses).

Can I get a vaccine at my PCP office?

This vaccine may only be administered at designated certified vaccination centers.

Is it covered by medical insurance?

Usually not.Travel Clinic NY does not accept medical insurance for this vaccine.

What other stuff can I do to protect against it? (What if I choose not to get it?)

Certain countries only recommend it so you have the right not to receive it for those countries.

Other preventative measures include:

  • Staying in well-screened or air-conditioned areas.
  • Be sure to cover as much as your body as possible while outdoors to minimize mosquito bites.
  • Utilize effective insect repellants as often as necessary.
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