Yellow fever

Find out how we define and monitor cases of yellow fever, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About yellow fever

Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes. In serious cases, the skin turns yellow (jaundice).

Disease type:
Listed human
Vaccination available under NIP:
Notifiable disease:

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

It is strongly recommended that all travellers be vaccinated for yellow fever if travelling to or from a yellow fever risk country. For information about:

Approved yellow fever vaccination clinics

Only approved clinics can give yellow fever vaccinations. They provide vaccination certificates in the form required by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

To find an approved clinic near you, see your state or territory health department website:

Guidance for clinics and providers

State and territory health departments approve yellow fever vaccination clinics. For guidance and related training, see the:

Vaccination clinics can order certificate booklets from WHO online.

Surveillance and reporting

Yellow fever is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).

For more on yellow fever in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence. 

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