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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?
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 6 months or younger—In rare cases when your 6-8 months-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 a high-risk area, 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 infection—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?
- Reviewer: David L. Horn, MD
- Review Date: 05/2016
- Update Date: 06/19/2014