Joseph F. Sullivan Center

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever vaccine: prevents yellow fever

  • Yellow Fever vaccine is a single shot vaccine, and those who are exposed should receive a booster every 10 years. If you live in or are traveling to an area where the virus is found, it is necessary to receive this vaccine. When you get the yellow fever vaccine, you will receive a yellow card signifying your immunity-which is required for entry into certain countries. 
  • What is Yellow Fever? An infection caused by the yellow fever virus that can be found in parts of Africa and South America. It is spread by mosquitos, and not by person-to-person contact. Yellow fever usually causes hospitalization and symptoms include fever, flu-like symptoms, jaundice, bleeding and organ failure that can result in death. 
    • There were 30,000 estimated deaths due to yellow fever in 2002.

Click here for the CDC Vaccine Information Statement for Yellow Fever