Yellow Fever Vaccine (Systemic)
Brand Names : YF-Vax
Yellow Fever Vaccine is
used to prevent infection by the yellow fever virus. It works by causing your
body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the virus.
Vaccination against yellow fever is recommended for all persons 9 months
of age and older who are traveling to or living in areas of Africa, South
America, or other countries where there is yellow fever infection and for
people who are traveling to countries that require yellow fever immunization
(certificate of vaccination). It is also needed by other people who might
come into contact with the yellow fever virus.
Infants 6 to 9 months of age and pregnant women should be vaccinated only
if they must travel to areas where there is an epidemic of yellow fever and
they cannot be protected from mosquito bites.
Infants 4 to 6 months of age may be vaccinated only if there is a high
risk of getting yellow fever infection.
Vaccination against yellow fever is not recommended for infants younger
than 4 months of age because they have an increased chance of getting serious
side effects from the vaccine.
The certificate of vaccination for yellow fever is valid for 10 years beginning
10 days after the first vaccination, or on the date of the second vaccination
if within 10 years of the first injection.
Yellow fever vaccine is given only at authorized Yellow Fever Vaccination
Centers. The location of these centers can be obtained from your state, province,
and local health departments.
The vaccine is available in the following dosage form:
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
Generic name product may be available in Canada.