My YF certificate unfortunately expired at the end of last year so I recently had to go and have the booster vaccine in order to get a new certificate for my forthcoming return trip to Chad as having a valid certificate is one of the entry requirements. Thankfully I didn’t really suffer any ill effects other than not feeling that great afterwards but then I had been given a typhoid booster jab the day before so that may also have been the cause of my feeling slightly off. However I am extremely glad that I had not read this article in the Telegraph about the BBC Journalist Malcolm Brabant who apparently suffered severe psychosis after having the YF booster for an assignment in the Ivory Coast which rendered him unable to work, he is now involved in a court case with the manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur.
Malcolm Brabant: 'I suffered psychosis after a routine injection'
Brabant V Sanofi Pasteur Truth Now
I certainly wasn’t aware that the YF vaccine could have such serious side effects but it is one of the jabs that they are reluctant to give you unless absolutely necessary and when I went for my booster I did have to make it clear to the nurse that I really did have to have it.
What particularly annoys me about the fact that I had to have the YF booster jab is that it should be completely unnecessary because it has been known since about 2013 that a single dose of the vaccine may last a lifetime, however inexplicably the W.H.O. are only changing the rules regarding the certificates in June 2016. So after June next year the YF certificate will last you for your lifetime but until then it will still only last for 10yrs maybe this makes sense to the W.H.O. but it makes no sense to me.
Here’s a petition asking the W.H.O to update the International Health Regulations on YF now and not next year.
Aside from the risk of possible side effects it cost me £55 for this unnecessary jab just so I could get a new certificate. So I would suggest to anyone who has a certificate that has just expired or is about to expire before the rule change comes in to force that you adjust your travel plans accordingly and don’t go anywhere that requires you to have a YF certificate until after the rule change thus avoiding having to have an unnecessary booster jab.