Yellow fever - Information for yellow fever vaccination centres

This page provides information on the accreditation of yellow fever centres and vaccination certificates to be used by vaccination centres.

Page last updated: 16 June 2016

Update for yellow fever vaccination providers

The Australian Government has adopted the World Health Organization amendment to the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding the period of protection afforded by yellow fever vaccination, and the term of validity of the certificate. The period of protection and term of validity has changed from 10 years to the life of the person vaccinated. This is based on data demonstrating, for the majority of recipients, a single dose of yellow fever vaccine results in life-long immunity.

Please ensure that on and from 16 June 2016, all yellow fever vaccination certificates provided following vaccination at your centre note ‘lifetime’ in the ‘certificate valid until’ space of the certificate.

Guidelines for Accreditation of Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres

State and territory health authorities, through their Chief Human Biosecurity Officer (CHBO), should take the following steps when approving a centre for yellow fever vaccination:

  • Approve vaccination centres in accordance with any state and territory requirements for immunisation providers, including any specific requirements for yellow fever.
  • Send an acknowledgment form or state equivalent to the centre seeking accreditation for provision of yellow fever vaccine.
  • Vaccination centre to return signed acknowledgement form or state equivalent to the jurisdictional immunisation coordinator.
  • After receipt of the signed acknowledgement form, issue vaccination centre with a unique provider/identification number.
  • Advise Sanofi Pasteur Pty Ltd of the approval of the centre to purchase yellow fever vaccine.
  • Maintain a current list of approved yellow fever vaccination centres and provide this list to medical practitioners and intending travellers upon request.
  • Distribute a periodic survey to accredited yellow fever vaccination centres. The Department of Health may use information from the surveys in the monitoring and review of yellow fever policy.
  • Advise Sanofi Pasteur Pty Ltd of any revocations of the accreditation of yellow fever vaccination centres.
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International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis

The revised International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) came into force in June 2007. From 15 June 2007, the “International certificate of vaccination or revaccination against yellow fever” was replaced by the “International certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis”. The certificates were adopted throughout Australia by 15 December 2007. Previous vaccination certificates are still valid.

sample certificate: new requirements vaccine type and validity dates Click on image to see enlarged version of certificate. top of page

General Requirements for the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis

  • The certificate must be printed in English or French; an additional language may be added.
  • The certificate must be completed in English or French; an additional language may be used.
  • The certificate must be an individual certificate and not a collective one.
  • The certificate is valid only if the yellow fever vaccine used has been approved by World Health Organization (WHO)1
  • The certificate is valid for the lifetime of the person vaccinated, beginning 10 days after the date of vaccination. The medical professional completing the certificate must record validity dates (certificate valid from.......until........) in the column provided on the certificate. The ˙ntil’ field should now be completed as ‘lifetime’.

1. WHO Approved Yellow Fever Vaccine Producers:
Sanofi-Aventis, France
Institut Pasteur Dakar, Senegal
BioManguinhos, Brazil
Ref: WHO list of vaccines for purchase by UN agencies as of May 2007.

Note:áThe new international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis differs to the previous certificates in title and in the inclusion of validity dates. The health professional administering the vaccine will also need to state on the certificate that they gave a vaccination against yellow fever (Chapter 6, Page 144, International Travel and Health 2007).

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Where to Purchase International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis Booklets

Copies of the booklet with the WHO logo can be ordered fromáWHO Press.

The certificate can be used for recording vaccinations or prophylaxis, in accordance with the IHR (2005), including vaccination or revaccination against yellow fever. Additional pages in the booklet have space for recording other vaccinations. Prices listed on the WHO website apply only to orders sent directly to WHO. Please note that certificates of vaccination are not sold individually.

Please send your order by fax or email. Direct fax for orders: (+41 22 791 48 57), or emailábookorders.

Postal Address:
WHO/WHO Press
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland

Alternatively, an updated booklet may be downloaded from theáWHO website. Printed copies of this booklet are a valid way to record the vaccination.

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Changes to the Stamps of Accredited Vaccination Centres

Mandatory criteria for information to be included in each state/territory’s official yellow fever vaccination stamp came into force on 15 December 2007. The criteria increases transparency regarding the accreditation status of the clinic, improves traceability of the clinic and clarifies the status of the clinic as a corporate entity.

The following details should be provided on all official stamps:

  • the centre has been accredited as a yellow fever vaccination centre;
  • there is a space for the recording of a unique identified for the clinic (e.g. a registration or I.D. number); and
  • the stamp includes the state or territory where the yellow fever vaccination centre was accredited.

A model of the official yellow fever vaccination stamp is below.

Picture model of official yellow fever vaccination stamp

Note:There are no specific requirements for size and shape of the stamp. However, stamp should fit the assigned column in the vaccination booklet.

The identification number of the accredited clinic and the state/territory by which they are accredited should be written legibly in the space provided within stamp.

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