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Clinical Update
Announcement: Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage

The manufacturer of yellow fever vaccine (YF-Vax), Sanofi Pasteur (Swiftwater, PA), has informed CDC that supplies of all preparations of YF-Vax are limited, and ordering restrictions have been implemented. Health care providers may no longer place orders for YF-Vax vaccine online. They must call Sanofi Pasteur at 1-800-VACCINE (1-800-822-2463), and a customer service representative will work with them to determine how many doses can be shipped and which vial sizes (single dose or 5 dose). YF-Vax doses will be prioritized for patients who are traveling in the next 30 days to an area where yellow fever vaccine is required or recommended.

Health care providers should refer to the section titled Yellow Fever and Malaria Information, by Country in CDC Health Information for International Travel 2016 (the “Yellow Book”) for information about which countries require yellow fever vaccination for entry and for which countries CDC recommends yellow fever vaccination. In the absence of a country requirement, CDC does not recommend yellow fever vaccination if the traveler’s itinerary does not include travel to a yellow fever–endemic area.

 

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