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About the Yellow Fever Vaccine Course



Course Description

This course is a training tool for designated providers of yellow fever vaccine and health-care providers who advise travelers and/or would like to become designated providers of yellow fever vaccine.  The course consists of two lessons. Lesson 1, Yellow Fever: History, Epidemiology, and Vaccine Information, explores the global history and epidemiology of yellow fever disease. Next, it describes safe and appropriate use of the vaccine, including a detailed discussion of the precautions and contraindications to yellow fever vaccination.

Lesson 2, The Pre-travel Consultation and Best Practices for Yellow Fever Vaccine Providers and Clinics, presents systematic instruction on conducting a thorough pre-travel consultation. Additional topics include the process of becoming a designated yellow fever vaccination provider, best practices for providers and clinics that give yellow fever vaccination, and an overview of the International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis (ICVP).


The goal of this course is to provide physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, and health education specialists with information about yellow fever, the disease and the vaccine.  Health-care providers can use this information to --

  • Make appropriate decisions regarding the vaccination
  • Handle the vaccine safely
  • Offer sound advice to travelers before they travel
  • Conduct appropriate travel and pre-travel consultations
  • Utilize best practices within yellow fever vaccination clinics
  • Comply with International Health Regulations and Certificate Requirements

Target Audience

This course is intended for Physicians, Registered Nurses, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Health Educators, Medical Students, Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, Epidemiologists, and Pharmacy Technicians. Participants are eligible for continuing education upon completion of the course.

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Learning Objectives

After completing this Web-based course, the learner should be able to—

  • Identify the epidemiology of yellow fever, including causes, transmission, and clinical features of the disease
  • Identify precautions, contraindications, and common and rare adverse events associated with yellow fever vaccine administration
  • Recognize the best practices of yellow fever vaccine designated clinics

Prerequisite Skills and Knowledge

No prior knowledge of the yellow fever virus or vaccination is required to take this course. However, it is strongly recommended that the modules be taken in sequence.




2 hours (1 hour per lesson)

Continuing Education

This course (CB/WB2367) has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

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Accreditation Statements

Continuing Medical Education for Physicians (CME)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Non-physicians will receive a certificate of participation.

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Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.8 contact hours.

Continuing Education Contact Hours in Health Education (CECH)

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) to receive 2.0 Category I CECH in health education. CDC provider number GA0082.

IACET Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. The CDC is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 ANSI/IACET CEUs for this program.

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Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) acpe logo

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive 0.2 CEUs in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-14-137-H05-P.

Course Category: This activity has been designated as Knowledge-Based.

(IMPORTANT: the ACPE logo must appear with the accreditation statement.)

Disclosure Statement

CDC, our planners, and our content experts wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters.

This course does not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Origin Date: 07/23/2014

Renewal Date: 07/23/2016

Expiration Date: 07/23/2018

System Requirements

To access and complete this Web-based course, you will need the following computer hardware and software:

  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6.0 browser (or higher) on standard MicrosoftTM technologies, i.e., Windows® 98, NT, 2000, or XP; Firefox 1.0 (or higher) and Safari 1.2 (or higher)
  • JavaScript enabled
  • Popup blocker disabled
  • Intel® Pentium® III Processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Broadband Internet Connection
  • Windows® MediaTM player for multimedia support
  • Adobe® Flash® 6 plug-in software, compatible with the browser above
  • This course is not accessible using a Macintosh computer

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