When you receive a yellow fever vaccination, you will be presented a ‘yellow card’ showing proof of vaccination, otherwise known as the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis. This card is good for the rest of your life.
Originally, there was a 10 year rule regarding yellow fever vaccines. A booster every ten years was required for entrance into some destinations. The World Health Organization discontinued this rule in May 2014.
If you are needing a tourist visa to visit your destination country, the yellow card is usually mailed with your application. You want to take pictures or copies of your yellow card in the event that it gets lost. If you can show proof of prior vaccination, you can get a new yellow card written by a certified yellow fever vaccination center.
Some clinics have a flat fee for new yellow cards, while others require you receive at least one other vaccination at their clinic. Your records must show the manufacturer's name and lot number with your personal information in order to be eligible for a new yellow card.
If you think you may have received a yellow fever vaccination before, you can sometimes find the record through the state immunization registry. In the event you are able to track down your prior vaccination record, you can get a new yellow card to show proof at your destination country.
If you are unable to track down your prior yellow fever vaccination records, you will need another yellow fever vaccine to enter your destination. A yellow fever booster does not hurt you, it only helps your immunity.
Make an appointment at any of the Arizona Away Clinic locations to get a yellow card for yellow fever vaccination. Get protected and safe travels!