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Vaccines to Prevent Yellow Fever
Routine yellow fever vaccination is not recommended in the United States, but yellow fever vaccine is recommended for certain groups of people.
Yellow fever is a serious disease caused by the yellow fever virus. It is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot be spread directly from person-to-person. It is found in certain parts of Africa and South America. Yellow fever vaccine can prevent yellow fever.
Yellow fever can cause:
People with yellow fever disease usually have to be hospitalized.
Yellow fever vaccine is given only at approved vaccination centers. After receiving the vaccine, you should receive an International Certificate of Vaccination (yellow card) that has been validated by the vaccination center. The certificate becomes valid 10 days after vaccination and lasts for ten years. You will need this card as proof of vaccination to enter certain countries.
Yellow Fever Vaccine is Recommended for:
Consult your health department or visit CDC’s travel information website to learn the travel requirements for different countries or to find the nearest approved vaccination center. Please make sure you discuss your travel itinerary with your doctor or nurse before you receive your yellow fever vaccination.
Yellow Fever can cause:
Last reviewed: March 2011