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.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): STAMARIL, YF-Vax
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
- HIV or AIDS
- immune system problems
- myasthenia gravis
- recent or ongoing radiation therapy
- an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, eggs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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 have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
What may interact with this medicine?
- immune globulin
- medicines for organ transplant
- medicines to treat cancer
- other vaccines
- some medicines for arthritis
- steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
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
- trouble walking
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.