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Traveling to Nigeria: CDC recommends travelers be vaccinated against yellow fever

The current yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria, which began in Sept. 2017, has seen seven States recording confirmed cases (Kwara, Kogi, Kano, Zamfara, Kebbi, Nasarawa and Niger) in twelve Local Government Areas (LGAs).

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In addition,  a total of 16 states have reported suspected cases. By early January 2018, a total of 358 suspected cases had been reported in 16 states, with 45 deaths.

This has prompted Nigerian health authorities to launch a yellow fever vaccination campaign where more than 25 million people will be vaccinated throughout 2018, in the largest yellow fever vaccination drive in the country’s history.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for Nigeria. CDC recommends anyone 9 months or older who travels to any part of Nigeria should be vaccinated against yellow fever. In addition, Nigerian authorities require proof of yellow fever vaccination from all people one year of age or older who are traveling to Nigeria and are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever virus transmission.

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Because of current limitations in the availability of yellow fever vaccine in the United States, travelers should contact a yellow fever vaccine provider well in advance of travel.

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