26 May 2014

World Health Organisation (WHO) lifts 10-year yellow fever jab limit

According to a news release regarding the end of the sixty-seventh session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the decision making body of the WHO has lifted the 10-year yellow fever jab limit and made yellow fever vaccinations a once-in-a-life time requirement.

Implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005)

Yellow fever is a disease specified in the International Health Regulations (2005) for which countries may require proof of vaccination from travellers as a condition of entry under certain circumstances, and may take certain measures if an arriving traveller does not have this certificate in his possession.

The Health Assembly adopted revised provisions on yellow fever vaccination or revaccination under the International Health Regulations (2005). These include extending the validity of a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever from 10 years to the extent of the life of the vaccinated person. The revised provisions are based on the recommendations of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization following its scientific review and analysis of evidence.

Member States reaffirmed their strong and continuous commitment to the implementation of  International Health Regulations (2005). (via who.int)

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