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Yf-vax

Generic Name: yellow fever vaccine (YEL oh FEE ver)
Brand Name: Stamaril, YF-Vax
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Drug Information:
Yellow fever is a serious disease caused by a virus that is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Yellow fever can cause fever and flu-like illness, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), liver failure, lung failure, kidney failure, vomiting of blood, and possibly death. YF-Vax is recommended for people who plan to live in or travel to areas where yellow fever is known to exist, or those who are otherwise at high risk of coming into contact with the virus. This vaccine is used to help prevent yellow fever in adults and children who are at least 9 months old. The vaccine works by exposing you to a small dose of the virus, which causes the body to develop immunity to the disease. This vaccine will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body. Learn more

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Yf-vax Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about yellow fever vaccine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name YF-Vax.

For the Consumer

Applies to yellow fever vaccine: subcutaneous powder for suspension

Along with its needed effects, yellow fever vaccine (the active ingredient contained in YF-Vax) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking yellow fever vaccine:

Rare

  • Confusion
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • coughing
  • difficulty with breathing or swallowing
  • fast heartbeat
  • feeling of burning, crawling, or tingling of the skin
  • nervousness or irritability
  • reddening of the skin
  • severe headache
  • skin rash or itching
  • sneezing
  • stiff neck
  • throbbing in the ears
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Some side effects of yellow fever vaccine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

  • Difficulty with moving
  • joint pain
  • low fever
  • mild headache
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • muscle pains or stiffness
  • pain at the injection site
  • swollen joints

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to yellow fever vaccine: injectable powder for injection, subcutaneous powder for injection

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headaches,

Postmarketing reports: Yellow fever vaccine-associated neurotropic disease (YFV-AND), fatal encephalitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, bulbar palsy

Immunologic

Reduced reactogenicity was seen in patients with serological evidence of previous exposure to yellow fever virus.

Frequency not reported: Reduced reactogenicity

Postmarketing reports: Yellow fever vaccine-associated viscerotropic disease (YEL-AVD)

Local

Frequency not reported: Local edema, pain at injection site, mass at injection site, local erythema

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity reactions have infrequently included immediate reactions characterized by rash, urticaria, and/or asthma. These mainly occur in vaccinees with histories of egg allergy.

Immediate hypersensitivity occurs principally in patients with allergies to egg or other substances in the vaccine.

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Rash

Other

Frequency not reported: Fever, malaise, asthenia

Musculoskeletal

Frequency not reported: Myalgia

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Yf-vax (www.drugs.com/mtm/yf-vax.html).