Yellow Fever Vaccine International Shortage

August 10, 2018

The Travel Clinic at UCSC Student Health Services (SHS) has been affected by an international shortage of Yellow Fever vaccine. To determine if you are traveling to a part of the world for which Yellow Fever is required or recommended, you should schedule an appointment for a Travel Consult at the Travel Clinic as soon as possible (Appointment line = 831-459-2500).  Travelers should get yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before travel. 

The manufacturer of yellow fever vaccine, Sanofi Pasteur has informed the CDC that due to a temporary cease in production of the Yellow Fever vaccine by the primary manufacturer in the world (Sanofi) there is an international shortage of the Yellow Fever vaccine.

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travelers to many countries in South America and Africa, and some countries require proof of vaccination for entry.  The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Yellow fever is a very rare cause of illness in U.S. travelers. Illness ranges from a fever with aches and pains to severe liver disease with bleeding and yellowing skin (jaundice). Yellow fever infection is diagnosed based on laboratory testing, a person’s symptoms, and travel history. There is no medicine to treat or cure infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.  (Link to CDC Yellow Fever Information page  https://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/index.html )

If your Travel nurse consultant determines that you need the Yellow Fever vaccine to accommodate your travel plans, you will be referred to an outside agency that is offering Stamaril, a French vaccine that provides protection from the disease of Yellow Fever.   After your Travel visit with a nurse, the SHS Insurance staff can assist with this referral.