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27 May 2013 WHO Press Release on Yellow Fever Vaccination Booster

An article published in WHO’s Weekly Epidemiological Record reports that the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) has reviewed the latest evidence and concluded that a single dose of vaccination is sufficient to confer life-long immunity against yellow fever virus infection.
SAGE has requested that WHO review the IHR provisions relating to the period of validity for international certificates for vaccination against yellow fever.

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres (YFVCs) in Scotland should however continue to administer YF vaccine according to current WHO guidelines. Vaccination recommendations for certificate purposes remain unchanged at present.

TRAVAX will publish further information and guidance on the need for reinforcing doses of YF vaccine as it becomes available.

View the WHO Press Release at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/en/