This vaccine contains a live, weakened form of the yellow fever virus. It provokes the body's immune response without causing the disease.When the body is exposed to foreign organisms, the immune system produces antibodies. These antibodies are specific to the infecting agent and their first function is to help the body recognise and kill the foreign organisms. The antibodies formed remain in the body and recognise and attack the same organism if it enters the body again. This prevents the organism from causing infection and disease, and is known as immunity. Protection against many infections can be provided artificially by means of vaccines derived from altered forms of infecting organisms. These vaccines stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies in the same way as genuine infection, without actually causing the disease. As each organism stimulates the production of a specific type of antibody, a different vaccine must be used for each disease. The yellow fever vaccine provides immunity against yellow fever. Immunity occurs within 7 to 10 days of vaccination.Some vaccines remain effective for a lifetime, but some need need to be updated after a few years. With the yellow fever vaccine a "booster" injection is needed after 10 years if protection against the disease is still required.The yellow fever vaccine is not given routinely in the UK, but it is recommended for people travelling to countries where the disease is found. Most of these countries require you to have an International Certificate of Vaccination, stating that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever, in order to enter the country. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you which countries these are. In order to be officially recognised, the vaccine must be administered at a designated vaccination centre and registered on an International Certificate. The International Certificate is valid for ten years from the tenth day after immunisation and immediately after re-immunisation.The vaccine is also recommended for laboratory workers who are handling infected material.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This vaccine should not be given at the same time as a cholera vaccine or whole cell paratyphoid vaccine, as this may result in an insufficient immune response to the yellow fever vaccine. It is recommended that there is a period of three weeks between these vaccines and the yellow fever vaccine. If any other live virus vaccines are required, they should either be given at different sites at the same time, or with an interval of three weeks between them.
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