Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease present in parts of Africa and Central and South America. It has an incubation period of 3-6 days with a large proportion of infections being asymptomatic. When symptomatic, symptoms may include fever, muscle pain with prominent backache, headache, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting.

Yellow fever is a disease subject to the provisions of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR). The purpose of the IHR is to help prevent the international spread of disease and to do so with the minimum of inconvenience to international travel and trade. Australia is a signatory to the IHR.

There is a standard approval procedure required by the Australian Government Department of Health.  WHO recommends that yellow fever vaccine should only be administered to prospective travellers after a risk assessment has been conducted, taking into account the patient’s medical history, risk of exposure, country vaccination requirements (for all countries being visited/transited) and the potential for vaccine-associated adverse events.

Applying to become a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre in Tasmania

Individual practitioners responsible for administering the vaccine at approved Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres are accredited to do so through successful completion of the online Yellow Fever Vaccination Course

To apply for approval as a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre refer to the Tasmanian Procedure for the Approval of Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Accreditation of Practitioners. Complete and return attachment A and B to the Communicable Diseases Prevention Unit via email

Approval as a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre is not transferable from practice to practice but can be retained if the practice changes location provided CDPU is notified.

It is the responsibility of the Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre to maintain a list of accredited practitioners and inform CDPU when practitioners join or leave the centre, by completing the Change of Details Form (Attachment C)

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Yellow Fever Clinics in Tasmania