I got an email from the CDC (you can subscribe to CDC email updates here) with the news that the only yellow fever vaccine licensed in the United States (called YF-Vax) is out of stock. In a more comprehensive story on its website, the CDC shares that “YF-Vax for civilian use is now totally unavailable from the manufacturer until mid-2018 because of delays in the production process. However, YF-VAX might be available at some clinics for several months, until remaining supplies at those sites are used up.” In its place, an alternative vaccine called Stamaril will be available until stock is refilled.
The yellow fever vaccine is required for entry into a number of countries in Africa and recommended for a number of other countries, so this is important news for many travelers and potential travelers. If you’ll need a yellow fever shot in the next year (and beyond), you can use this search tool to find the nearest clinic that carries it.
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