25 Nov 2019

Yellow fever vaccination recommendations: Persons aged 60 years or older

Vaccination recommendations for travellers aged 60 years and older visiting countries with a low potential for exposure to yellow fever have been updated on Country information pages Yellow fever vaccination recommendations: Persons aged 60 years or older

Following the publication of stronger precautions for people with weakened immunity and those aged 60 years and older [1], the vaccine recommendations for those countries with a low potential for exposure to yellow fever where yellow fever vaccination is generally not recommended [2] have been updated.

Recommendations for the following countries or for some areas of these countries have been updated:

Argentina, Columbia, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao & Tome, Somalia, Tanzania, Venezuela and Zambia.

For yellow fever specific recommendations, please see individual Country Information pages.

Advice for travellers 

You should visit a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre if you are planning a trip to a country where yellow fever may be a risk. There are a number of contraindications and precautions to yellow fever vaccine that will need to be considered prior to administering the vaccine.

Yellow fever vaccine should be given only (subject to a detailed risk assessment) when there is a significant and unavoidable risk of acquiring yellow fever infection, such as travel to an area where there is a current or periodic risk of yellow fever transmission. 

If you are aged 60 years or older and are travelling to countries where there is a low potential for exposure to yellow fever you should not have yellow fever vaccine . In these instances, due to a higher risk of life-threatening side effects in this age group, yellow fever vaccine is not recommended.

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