yellow fever vaccine (generic name)

It is used to prevent infection from yellow fever virus
(YEL oh FEE ver vax EEN)
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What is this medicine?

YELLOW FEVER VACCINE, LIVE (YEL oh FEE ver vax EEN) is used to prevent infection from yellow fever virus. The vaccine is recommended if you travel to parts of the world where yellow fever is common.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • active infection with fever
  • cancer
  • HIV or AIDS
  • immune system problems
  • myasthenia gravis
  • recent or ongoing radiation therapy
  • thymectomy
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, eggs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

A copy of the Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this vaccine may be prescribed for children as young as 9 months of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply. This vaccine is not for infants under 9 months of age.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • chloroquine
  • immune globulin
  • medicines for organ transplant
  • medicines to treat cancer
  • other vaccines
  • some medicines for arthritis
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.

Report any side effects that are worrisome to your doctor right away.

After getting the vaccine, you will be given a signed international certificate (yellow card) as proof of receiving the vaccine. The certificate is good for 10 years.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • seizures
  • trouble walking
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • fever
  • headache
  • pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: March 17, 2011
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