Top cancer scientist dies after yellow fever vaccination

Prof Martin Gore, 67, one of the UK’s leading cancer scientists, has died, the Royal Marsden NHS foundation trust has said. His death was following a yellow fever vaccination.

Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required by some countries as a condition of entry. Deaths from the vaccination were very rare, but there was a higher risk among older people, said Openshaw.

Openshaw added: “The NHS advises that all people over the age of 60 talk to their doctor before getting this vaccine, and that the best way to avoid the serious complications that may follow yellow fever infection is not to travel to parts of the world that put you at risk.”

Yellow fever vaccine contained a live attenuated form of the virus, said Dr Louisa James, a lecturer in immunology at Queen Mary University of London.

This article was amended on 14 January 2019. After publication, a correction to a quote provided to the Guardian was issued: the yellow fever vaccine has been shown to provide lifelong protection against infection, not “for up to 10 years”. In addition, the Royal Marsden NHS foundation trust did not say Prof Martin Gore died “as a result of a yellow fever vaccination”, as an earlier version said. Gore died following a yellow fever vaccination, and the trust released a statement confirming his death. This has been corrected.

2020 Gore: Top cancer scientist dies after yellow fever vaccination