May 29, 2017
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Yellow Fever Vaccine

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Prior to administration of YF-VAX, ask potential vaccinees or their parents or guardians about their recent health status and history of yellow fever vaccination. Inform potential vaccinees or their parents or guardians about the benefits and risks of immunization and potential for adverse reactions to YFVAX administration. Instruct vaccinees or their parents or guardians to report to their health-care providers all serious adverse events that occur up to 30 days post-vaccination.

All travelers should seek information regarding vaccination requirements by consulting with their health care providers. Such requirements may be strictly enforced for entry into certain countries, particularly for persons traveling from Africa or South America to Asia. Additional information is available from local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and WHO. Travel agencies, international airlines, and/or shipping lines may also have up-to-date information. The vaccination center should complete, sign, and stamp an International Certificate of Vaccination and provide the certificate to the vaccinee. The immunization record should contain the date, lot number and manufacturer of the vaccine administered. Inform vaccinees that vaccination certificates are valid commencing 10 days after vaccination. (14)


14 Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Yellow Fever Vaccine. MMWR 2010;59(RR-7):1-32.

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