Yellow Fever Vaccine
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Yf-Vax Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is yellow fever vaccine (Yf-Vax)?
- What are the possible side effects of this vaccine (Yf-Vax)?
- What is the most important information I should know about this vaccine (Yf-Vax)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (Yf-Vax)?
- How is this vaccine given (Yf-Vax)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Yf-Vax)?
- What happens if I overdose (Yf-Vax)?
- What should I avoid before or after receiving this vaccine (Yf-Vax)?
- What other drugs will affect yellow fever vaccine (Yf-Vax)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Yf-Vax)?
Contact your doctor if you will miss a booster dose or if you get behind schedule. The next dose should be given as soon as possible. There is no need to start over.
Be sure you receive all recommended doses of this vaccine. If you do not receive the full series of vaccines, you may not be fully protected against the disease.
What happens if I overdose (Yf-Vax)?
An overdose of this vaccine is unlikely to occur.
What should I avoid before or after receiving this vaccine (Yf-Vax)?
Do not receive a "live" vaccine such as measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), oral polio, or varicella (chickenpox) for at least 4 weeks after you have received the yellow fever vaccine. The other live vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease.
What other drugs will affect yellow fever vaccine (Yf-Vax)?
Before receiving this vaccine, tell the doctor about all other vaccines you have recently received.
Also tell the doctor if you have recently received drugs or treatments that can weaken the immune system, including:
- an oral, nasal, inhaled, or injectable steroid medicine;
- medications to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune disorders, such as azathioprine (Imuran), efalizumab (Raptiva), etanercept (Enbrel), leflunomide (Arava), and others; or
- medicines to treat or prevent organ transplant rejection, such as basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral, Gengraf), muromonab-CD3 (Orthoclone), mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept), sirolimus (Rapamune), or tacrolimus (Prograf).
If you are using any of these medications, you may not be able to receive the vaccine, or may need to wait until the other treatments are finished.
There may be other drugs that can affect this vaccine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you have received. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist may have information about this vaccine written for health professionals that you may read. You may also find additional information from your local health department or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Yf-Vax Information
- Yf-Vax Drug Interactions Center: yellow fever vaccine live (pf) subq
- Yf-Vax Side Effects Center
- Yf-Vax FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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