Fast Facts


  • Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes in some regions of Africa, Central and South America.
  • Yellow fever can lead to serious illness and even death.
  • It is called ‘yellow fever’ because in serious cases the skin turns yellow in colour. This is known as ‘jaundice’.
  • Yellow fever is prevented by a safe, effective and affordable vaccine.
  • It is strongly recommended that all travellers to a yellow fever risk country who are 9 months of age or older be assessed and vaccinated for yellow fever vaccination if appropriate
  • People who are one year of age or older must hold an international vaccination certificate if, within six days before arriving in (or returning to) Australia, they have stayed overnight or longer in a declared yellow fever infected country.



For travelers and professionals

Yellow fever is a quarantinable disease in Australia under the provisions of the International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR). The purpose of the IHR is to prevent the international spread of disease.

Many countries require arriving travelers who have come from, or travelled through, a yellow fever risk area to hold a valid International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis or valid letter of exemption before entering these countries.

The yellow fever vaccination requirements for entry into each country vary considerably. Traveler’s should check the yellow fever vaccination entry requirements for the countries they intend to enter or transit through before they leave Australia. You can contact NSW Health here:


Dr Christian Ifediora is certified to provide Yellow Fever consultations and vaccinations.  For an appointment call us on 07 5599 4200.