Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:59

Yellow Fever vaccine shortage: travelers urged to determine if yellow fever vaccination is required

Written by  Cypress Health Region
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North America is currently experiencing a shortage of the vaccine for Yellow Fever, which may extend until 2018. This shortage of vaccine may affect travel plans for individuals planning trips to South America and Africa.


Until this shortage is resolved by the manufacturer, clinics will be carefully managing and monitoring current supply levels and are implementing guidelines on use of existing vaccine supply.
Throughout this shortage, vaccine may not be available for the following individuals:
 Anyone who has received Yellow Fever vaccine in the past are now considered protected for life. It is important to find and keep your immunization history documents for border proof.
 Individuals travelling to an area where Yellow Fever vaccine is “Generally Not Recommended”, due to low risk. Risk of transmission of Yellow Fever does not necessarily occur throughout an entire country. This is important to consider when planning travel to countries where risk of Yellow Fever transmission is present (eg. Brazil).
 Individuals who are travelling to areas where there is no risk of Yellow Fever transmission, but where proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is an “Entry Requirement”. In Saskatchewan, Yellow Fever certified clinics are located in Saskatoon, Regina, and Prince Albert and can provide appropriate documentation for entry purposes.
 Yellow Fever vaccine and certificates are not currently available in the Cypress Health Region.

Yellow Fever is a disease transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. It gets its name from the yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice) that occurs when the virus attacks the liver. Initial symptoms include fever, chills, headache, joint and muscle pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, dehydration, and others. Most patients will recover after this stage, however more severe cases can lead to shock, internal bleeding, and organ failure. These more severe symptoms occur in approximately 15% of patients with Yellow Fever.
If you have not booked your travel, please determine if Yellow Fever vaccination is required for your trip. You can access this information from the Public Health Agency of Canada website at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/countries-pays/index-eng.php. Maps showing specific locations in South America and Africa where Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended are available on the following page.

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