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yellow fever vaccination

We are so confused with conflicting reports about requirements for yellow fever immunisation so can anyone help please?

We are travelling via Nairobi and Maasai Mari to Tanzania (Serengete and Ngorongoro Crater) and then flying backing into Nairobi before onward transit back to the UK. We are over 60 and have been told there could be side effects from vaccination so do we need to have it? Would hate to have any problems at border crossings as we are so looking forward to this safari. Thanks to anyone for a quick response.

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1. Re: yellow fever vaccination

Stopping in Kenya means you would need the Yellow Fever certificate for entry to Tanzania. If your doctor believes the YF jab is a significant risk to you, perhaps for the reason that you are over 60, he can write, on his letterhead, a note stating why. I've yet to read or hear about anyone being refused entry to Tanzania when in possession of a valid letter of waiver.

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Most tropical medicine specialists won't be keen to give you the jab as there appears to be a minuscule greater risk from the jab than the already minuscule risk of contracting the disease - and therefore potentially transmitting it. So you'll need a medical waiver certificate - which your local yellow fever centre will be able to issue you. …cdc.gov/travel/…yellow-fever. You can see it in Figure 3-02, about two-thirds of the way down.

That's it. And you've saved £60 each as well!

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Richard, your link didn't work for me. Hopefully this one is good:

…cdc.gov/travel/…yellow-fever

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4. Re: yellow fever vaccination

Oops, my bad. Thanks Steve, that's the one.

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A letter from your physician on his/her letterhead detailing why you do not have the YF inoc (in your case age) will be sufficient at whichever border crossing, whether land or air.

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6. Re: yellow fever vaccination

Thanks to those who responded so quickly to my yellow fever question - it was much appreciated. Another question is does a 32 year old require a booster jab or not (vaccinated in 2001) for Kenya and Tanzania?

Thanks in advance.

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7. Re: yellow fever vaccination

Hi,

The vaccination is effective for 10 years, then you need a booster no matter what age you are

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Doff, I believe WHO recently determined that boosters are unnecessary, as the first shot confers lifetime protection. The question now is whether individual countries accept that finding and apply it to their entry requirements.

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9. Re: yellow fever vaccination

Thanks, Steve now you mention it that rings a faint bell. I was going off my own vaccinations card which is completed by my travel nurse when she gives me a jab. I'm due (was due?) for the booster in 2016

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That leaves 3 years----which could be cutting it close for some countries to make a decision about accepting the one shot for entry purposes. ;-)