Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage Expected In 2009

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All travelers who have recommendations or requirements for yellow fever vaccines on their travel itineraries need to contact licensed yellow fever travel clinics as soon as possible if they are traveling prior to July 2009.

This is especially important if the vaccine is required for a visa application, due to the processing time involved. Historically the manufacturer rations very small quantities of single dose vaccine to travel clinics in the first six months of each year due to high demand and limited supply.

Please note: If you have received this vaccine previously in the last 10 years, you are still protected and do not need to update it at this time. We also ask that you review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vellow fever vaccine information statement before you schedule to be sure that you qualify to receive the vaccine. Pay particular attention to the vaccine contraindications.

If you are still uncertain whether you qualify medically or if you need the vaccine for your itinerary, please call 919-572-0769 before scheduling your appointment.


The Duke International Travel Clinic (DITC) has successfully managed shortages of this vaccine for many years with the cooperation and patience of our patients. When single dose vials become unavailable, multi-dose vials must be used. The clinic will follow the procedure listed below to use the vaccine in the most efficient and cost effective-manner possible:

* Appointments for patients needing yellow fever vaccine with departures on or after July 1, 2009, need to be delayed until after the normal supply of yellow fever vaccine is re-established (usually the beginning of June).

* New DITC patients needing yellow fever vaccine should schedule their appointment as soon as possible and not anticipate receiving the yellow fever vaccine on the first visit.

* Established DITC patients needing yellow fever vaccine only should call 919-572-0769 in lieu of calling the appointment number to be placed on a waiting list.

* A list of patients needing yellow fever vaccine will be maintained by the DITC based on visa application deadlines and departure dates. This information will be used to prioritize the scheduling of patients in groups of 10.

* Each group of 10 patients must arrive on time when scheduled in order for the vial to be opened. Patients and will be seen in order of arrival. Wait time should not exceed one hour once all patients have arrived and have been checked in.