Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow Fever Vaccination
Yellow Fever is a viral disease transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. It occurs in countries of South America and Africa. If your travel plans take you to, from, or through these areas, a yellow fever vaccination may be required. Only authorized travel clinics can give yellow fever vaccinations. Once you receive the yellow fever immunization at an authorized clinic, an International Certification of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) will be issued. The certification is valid ten days after vaccination and is good for ten years. You must take the ICVP with you to enter and exit countries with yellow fever vaccination requirements.

Sample of valid ICVP

Medical Waivers
There are certain medical conditions, which may prevent a person from receiving a yellow fever vaccination. If you are not recommended to be immunized, you will need to obtain a medical wavier. Reasons other than medical contraindications are not acceptable for exemption from vaccination. The waiver needs to state the medical reason the person cannot receive vaccination. The waiver should be written on letterhead stationery and should include a stamp from an authorized yellow fever vaccine provider site to validate it. The Medical Contraindication section of the ICVP should also be completed. Both documents should be carried while traveling.

Sample of Medical Contraindication ICVP

Lost or destroyed ICVP
If the ICVP is lost or destroyed, a replacement should be sought from the provider site that issued the original certificate. If it is not possible to return to the original provider site that issued the certificate, a replacement certificate may be requested at another authorized yellow fever provider site, however, other sites will need to verify vaccination and no site is required to provide a duplicate. A fee is likely to be charged at any site for a duplicate. If yellow fever vaccination cannot be verified by a provider site, revaccination may be required to obtain another valid ICVP.

For detailed information on yellow fever, countries requiring or recommending yellow fever vaccination, or current outbreak information; visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.

For a list of travel and yellow fever vaccination centers in Utah, click on Travel Clinics.