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Yellow Fever Vaccine

A safe and effective yellow fever vaccine has been available for more than 80 years.

  • A single dose provides lifelong protection for most people.
  • The vaccine is a live, weakened form of the virus given as a single shot.
  • 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 and South America.
  • Yellow fever vaccine may be required for entry into certain countries.
  • Vaccination requirements and recommendations for specific countries are available on the CDC Travelers’ Health page.

Yellow Fever and Travel

Announcement

Yellow Fever Vaccine Access

Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of the only yellow fever vaccine (YF-Vax) licensed in the United States, announced on February 22, 2018, that YF-Vax is expected to be available again by the end of 2018.

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