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Important Information for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in United Kingdom

02 November 2021

In accordance with the recommendations in the Commission on Human Medicine’s Expert Working Group report, The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) and Public Health Scotland (PHS) have produced a yellow fever (YF) pre-vaccination checklist (screening tool).

The NaTHNaC/PHS YF pre-vaccination checklist is a tool designed to:

  • help the healthcare professional risk assess a person’s suitability for YF vaccination
    • it does not replace the broader individual risk assessment in the travel health consultation
  • be completed by the person travelling in advance of, or during, the consultation 
    • but must be carefully reviewed by the advising healthcare professional as part of a shared decision-making process for YF vaccination

The NaTHNaC/PHS YF pre-vaccination checklist has been produced in interactive PDF format to give users the option of completing and saving the document electronically, instructions on how to download and use the YF pre-vaccination checklist can be found here:

Health professionals must refer to Yellow fever: the green book, chapter 35 for current guidance on the administration of YF vaccine in the United Kingdom. This includes the use of the NaTHNaC/PHS YF pre-vaccination checklist. Advice in the green book may differ from that in vaccine manufacturers’ Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC); when this occurs, the recommendations in the green book (which are based on current expert advice received from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) should be followed.

It is important to note that Sanofi Pasteur have already published a Direct Healthcare Professional Communication about the checklist they have developed (this is separate to our pre-vaccination checklist described above). The Sanofi Pasteur checklist reflects the contraindications and precautions listed in the SmPC.

Contacts for Healthcare Professionals

  • Scotland: Public Health Scotland Travel Health Advice Line Telephone: +44 (0)141 300 1130 (local call rate)
  • England, Wales and Northern Ireland: Travel Health NaTHNaC Advice Line Telephone: +44 (0)845 602 6712 (local call rate)