What are new regulations regarding validity of Yellow Fever Vaccination as per WHO ?

Amendment to International Health Regulations (2005), Annex 7 (yellow fever):

Term of protection provided by vaccination against yellow fever infection, and validity of related IHR certificate of vaccination, extended to life of the person vaccinated

 Yellow fever is the only disease specified in the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR (2005)) for which countries may require proof of vaccination from travellers as a condition of entry under certain circumstances and may take certain measures if an arriving traveller is not in possession of such a certificate.

In May 2014, based on the recommendation from WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization that a single dose of yellow fever vaccine confers life-long protection, the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA67.13 (2014) to update and amend Annex 7 of the Regulations.

The amendment to Annex 7 of IHR (2005) (see below) enters into force and will be legally binding upon all IHR States Parties on 11 July 2016.

In the context of international travel, the amendment to Annex 7 changes the period of  validity of the related international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever, and the protection provided by vaccination against yellow fever infection under the IHR (2005), from ten (10) years to the life of the person (traveller) vaccinated.

Accordingly, as of 11 July 2016, for both existing or new certificates, revaccination or a booster dose of yellow fever vaccine cannot be required of international travellers as a condition of entry into a State Party, regardless of the date their international certificate of vaccination was initially issued.

This lifetime validity of these certificates applies automatically to certificates issued after 11 July 2016, as well as certificates already issued.

 As of 11 July 2016, for both existing or new certificates, revaccination or a booster dose of yellow fever vaccine cannot be required of international travellers as a condition of entry into a State Party, regardless of the date their international certificate of vaccination was initially issued.

This lifetime validity of these certificates applies automatically to certificates issued after 11 July 2016, as well as certificates already issued.

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