Westside Medical Centre is an Australian Government Accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre
The yellow fever vaccine is a little more complicated than other travel immunisations for two main reasons.
The yellow fever vaccine can only be administered by an accredited vaccination centre.
Whilst many other travel vaccines (such as hepatitis or typhoid vaccines) can be provided by any general practice surgery, surgeries wishing to provide yellow fever immunisations must have formal accreditation that is compliant with World Health Organisation (WHO) requirements.
Formal documentation of yellow fever immunisation status is mandatory for travel to certain areas
Travellers to Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Central America should carry with them documentation from an accredited vaccination centre outlining their Yellow Fever Immunisation status. You may be prevented from boarding your plane, or denied entry at an international border, if you don’t have this documentation. This documentation will outline one of two things:
- The details of your yellow fever immunisation, OR
- The details of why you can’t be immunised against yellow fever
The decision about whether to have the yellow fever immunisation can be a complex one, particularly for people over 60 years of age, and a careful consideration of your medical history is required. The details of your medical history must be available to our doctors in order to give you the appropriate advice.
If you usually attend another practice, but would like to consult one of our doctors with a special interest in travel medicine, either for a full travel medicine consult, or a discussion about yellow fever immunisation only, please talk to our reception staff about how best to have a summary of your medical history available.
If you’d like to read a little more about yellow fever and/or the yellow fever immunisation, we recommend the websites below.
World Health Organisation - http://www.who.int/topics/yellow_fever/en/
United States Centre for Disease Control - http://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/