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National Yellow Fever Vaccination Shortage

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The Benton Franklin Health Department said there is a national Yellow Fever vaccination shortage.  

The vaccine is required if you go to some countries in South America or Africa.

The Benton Franklin Health District is warning people to plan ahead if they need a shot.

Leaders said a main company, which makes the vaccine is not making the shot.

Benton Franklin Health District Official Jerry Tyler, R.N. said, "We want to make sure we don't waste any with our shortage issue and I want to get everyone covered and make sure they plan ahead."

Tyler encouraged people to contact the health department if they need the vaccine.

Yellow Fever is spread to humans through mosquitoes.   It can be deadly but is preventable through the vaccination.

Benton Franklin Health District offers a Travel Clinic on Monday morning, Tuesdays, and Thursdays by appointment.  To schedule an international travel vaccinations consult call 943-2614 Ex. 0.