Yellow Fever Vaccination Shortage

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Yellow Fever Vaccination Shortage

06-Mar-2017

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 if a group is planning a trip.

If your group has not booked their travel, please determine if Yellow Fever vaccination is required for the trip.  You can access this information from the Public Health Agency of Canada website:

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/countries-pays/index-eng.php

Until this shortage is resolved by the manufacturer, the Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert Travel Health Centre’s will be carefully managing and monitoring our current supply and implementing guidelines on use of existing vaccine supply.

NOTE: Throughout this shortage, vaccine may not be available for the following individuals:

  • Anyone who has received Yellow Fever vaccine in the past is now considered protected for life, so it is important to find and keep your International Certificate of Vaccination 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 a 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”. We will provide appropriate documentation for entry purposes. 

NOTE: If an individual travelling is not vaccinated against Yellow Fever: 

  • They may not be allowed into the country without a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate if this is a requirement of the country they are entering.
  • They may be given a yellow fever vaccine upon entry. This can be a risk if the equipment or vaccines used are unsafe.
  • They may be quarantined for at least 6 to 10 days upon entry into the country.
  • They may be at risk for Yellow Fever disease.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.