No Need Extend Yellow Fever !

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For some countries or international companies, they require seamans have yellow fever certificate. Let’s us discuss about Yellow fever for seamans.

How can we get yellow fever Certificate?

We can make a certificate of yellow fever at the nearest port health office. Usually every country have a clinic in near port.

How many years does yellow fever last?

yellow fever 10 years expired
yellow fever 10 years expired

Previously the validity period of the yellow fever certificate was 10 years. But now it has become a lifetime. We will discuss it at length!

Need to extend yellow fever?

Some time ago the WHO updated its rules regarding the yellow fever certificate, even they provide Q & A (questions and answer) about this yellow fever matter.

Based on the official Q & A WHO website  “Currently valid IHR international certificates of vaccination continue to be valid – now for the life of the traveller indicated. ” which means that the yellow fever certificate is valid for a lifetime.

Does the yellow fever certificate need to be changed or modified to show the certificate is valid for life?

yellow fever lifetime
yellow fever lifetime

No. Nothing need or should be modified in the certificate; indeed under the IHR any changes, deletions, erasures or additions may cause a certificate to be rendered invalid. (See IHR, Annex 6(6).)

Which means there is no need to modify the certificate of yellow fever. If illegal modifications are found, the certificate will no longer valid !

In conclusion, the existing certificate will be valid for life. However, it depends on the rules of each country, company, or advice from the doctor whether we need a re-injection or not.

For those of you who want to see the complete Q & A can see below. But for those of you who are not satisfied please visit official WHO website

Questions and answers on specific issues:

  1. Do travellers need to obtain new IHR certificates of vaccination against yellow fever?

No. Currently valid IHR international certificates of vaccination continue to be valid – now for the life of the traveller indicated.

The IHR (2005), in Annexes 6 and 7,  provide specific requirements for both the  content and format of the certificates of vaccination against yellow fever. The required format for these certificates includes a space to enter an expiry date where applicable. (See below) Based upon the prior ten-year IHR requirement for validity, existing certificates usually include a date ten years after prior    vaccination. Due to the amendment to Annex 7, regardless of any such dates of vaccination or of validity on existing certificates, they are now automatically valid for life.

2.      Do existing certificates of vaccination need to be changed or modified to show they are valid for life?

No. Nothing need or should be modified in the certificate; indeed under the IHR any changes, deletions, erasures or additions may cause a certificate to be rendered invalid. (See IHR, Annex 6(6).)

3.      On new certificates, what term should be entered in the space on the certificate (see above) indicating the period of  validity?

While the IHR do not specify the exact words to include on the certificate to indicate lifetime validity of the certificate, WHO encourages countries to use words which clearly and unambiguously indicate that the validity of the certificate is for life of the person vaccinated. In this context, in order to avoid potential confusion and  interruption of international travel, WHO suggests using the same terminology in the certificate as adopted in the revised text of Annex 7 which clearly states that the certificates are valid for life. In accordance with the IHR requirement that these certificates be completed in English or French (and may also be completed in another language in addition to English or French), please note that the terminology used in   the revised Annex 7 is as  follows:

English:   “life of person vaccinated”

French:  “vie entière du sujet  vacciné”

4.      Does this amendment to the IHR (2005) affect what measures States Parties can implement for the protection of their own populations or what doctors may advise their patients concerning vaccination against yellow fever, including potential boosters?

No. The amendment only affects what countries may require of international travellers as a condition of entry in terms of vaccination against yellow fever and related IHR international certificates of vaccination.   Countries and health  care providers continue to be free to make requirements on vaccination, revaccination or boosters for their own populations, or patients,   respectively.4

5.      What steps should States Parties take to prepare for implementation of the new certificate requirements on 11 July 2016 when they become legally required?

  • Inform all relevant authorities, offices and personnel

  • Train personnel responsible for review, processing and acceptance of international certificates of vaccination against yellow fever to ensure they can carry out their functions fully on that date

  • Review and update as necessary all laws, regulations, operating rules or procedures or other requirements concerning review, processing and acceptance of international certificates of vaccination against yellow fever to ensure they are consistent with the new

Hope this article will help you out!

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