Yellow fever vaccine Side Effects
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 20, 2021.
For the Consumer
Applies to yellow fever vaccine: subcutaneous powder for suspension
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, yellow fever vaccine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking yellow fever vaccine:
- convulsions (seizures)
- difficulty with breathing or swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- feeling of burning, crawling, or tingling of the skin
- nervousness or irritability
- reddening of the skin
- severe headache
- skin rash or itching
- stiff neck
- throbbing in the ears
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of yellow fever vaccine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Difficulty with moving
- joint pain
- low fever
- mild headache
- muscle aching or cramping
- muscle pains or stiffness
- pain at the injection site
- swollen joints
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to yellow fever vaccine: injectable powder for injection, subcutaneous powder for injection
Frequency not reported: Headaches,
Reduced reactogenicity was seen in patients with serological evidence of previous exposure to yellow fever virus.
Frequency not reported: Reduced reactogenicity
Postmarketing reports: Yellow fever vaccine-associated viscerotropic disease (YEL-AVD)
Common (1% to 10%): Rash
Frequency not reported: Fever, malaise, asthenia[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Myalgia
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- Drug class: viral vaccines
Related treatment guides
1. "Product Information. YF-Vax (yellow fever vaccine)." sanofi pasteur, Swiftwater, PA.
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.