We are a CDC-registered provider of Yellow Fever vaccines. Yellow Fever is a deadly viral hemorrhagic fever transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It is endemic in many parts of Africa and South America. Vaccine for yellow fever is cost-effective, efficient, and highly recommended before travel to a yellow fever-endemic country. A single dose provides lifelong protection for most people.
- The vaccine is a live, weakened form of the virus given as a single shot.
- The vaccine is recommended for people aged 9 months or older and who are traveling to or living in areas at risk for yellow fever virus in Africa ( https://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/maps/africa.html) and South America(https://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/maps/south_america.html).
- There may be specific vaccine requirements mandating yellow fever vaccines before entering some countries.
- Vaccination requirements and recommendations for specific countries are available on the CDC Travelers’ Health page at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list
Yellow fever vaccine reactions are typically modest, with headaches, muscle pain, and low-grade fevers. The yellow fever vaccine can cause severe, potentially life-threatening reactions in certain people, including:
- Allergic response, such as breathing or swallowing difficulties (anaphylaxis)
- Swelling of the brain, spinal cord, or tissues around it (encephalitis or meningitis)
- Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare nervous system illness in which a person’s immune system attacks nerve cells, producing muscle weakness and, in some cases, paralysis.
- Dysfunction or failure of internal organs
Consult your healthcare practitioner if you have a fever, headache, weariness, body pains, vomiting, or diarrhea after receiving fever vaccine.
Who should not get the yellow fever vaccine?
The vaccine should not be given to infants under the age of six months, people receiving active immunosuppression or radiation therapy, or people having a present or remote history of thymoma. Furthermore, anyone with a severe allergy to any vaccine component, including eggs, chicken proteins, or gelatin, should not receive it. Anyone who has had a severe reaction to a previous dose of the fever vaccine should avoid receiving another amount.
Your healthcare practitioner can help you decide if you can safely receive the vaccine if you have any of the following conditions:
- HIV/AIDS or other disease that reduces the immunity
- Adults aged 60 and up
- 6–8-month-old infants
- Breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women