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How is yellow fever prevented?

Page last updated 30 April 2020

Vaccination is important for preventing yellow fever. Australians travelling to high risk yellow fever areas should be vaccinated against the disease before travel. Travellers are advised to visit their General Practitioner or travel medicine specialist before travelling overseas to discuss suitable vaccination options. 

Australians should be aware that yellow fever vaccination may be a formal requirement to enter some countries where the disease is present. Travellers to areas where yellow fever may be present are advised to take extra precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

These include:

  • Using insect repellent when outdoors and wearing light, long sleeved protective clothes
  • Treating clothes with repellent
  • Taking extra precautions during dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active
  • Book accommodation in rooms with air conditioning or adequate screening, like a bed net or aerosol room insecticides.

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Sources & Citations

1. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Yellow fever. Available at: (accessed 20 March 2020).

5. Victoria State Government – Better Health Channel. Travel health – yellow fever immunisation Available at: (Accessed 20 March 2020).

6. New South Wales Health. Yellow fever fact sheet. Available at: (Accessed 20 March 2020).

SPANZ.STAMA.18.05.0185(1)a - Date of preparation April 2020