Last update July 19, 2023
Live attenuated vaccine. Not indicated for infants younger than 6 months. It is considered to be safe for breastfed infants after 6-9 months of age.
Both wild-type and vaccine virus have been detected in some milk samples.
Several cases of YF vaccine-virus transmission to breastfed infants younger than 1 month who developed symptoms of meningo-encephalitis due to yellow fever virus after mother vaccination have been documented.
Mothers of infants older than 9 months who are traveling to endemic areas are recommended to be immunized with anti-yellow fever virus vaccine.
Traveling to endemic areas of infants younger than 9 months is not recommended because a higher risk of meningo-encephalitis due to vaccination. In case a travel should not be delayed, nursing mothers with children younger than 9 months are recommended to get vaccinated and pump and dump breast milk for 14 days, which is the period of active virus shedding after immunization. Mothers living in endemic areas are recommended to delay vaccination after the child is 6 months old. WHO Model List of Essential Drugs (2002): Compatible with breastfeeding
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Confederación Nacional de Pediatría (CONAPEME) of Mexico
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