Yellow Fever is a potentially fatal disease spread by mosquitoes.
What is Yellow Fever?
Yellow Fever is a viral illness spread through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. The mosquito is most active between the hours of dawn and dusk.
The virus is found in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central America.
The virus can arise in the jungle and urban areas – outbreaks can occur.
The risk of acquiring YellowFever depends upon the destination and risk of exposure to mosquito bites.
Yellow Fever Symptoms
It can take up to 6 days from being bitten by an infected mosquito to becoming symptomatic.
Initial symptoms of yellowfever include fever, chills, headache, nausea, muscle aches and weakness. This can progress to high fever and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), internal bleeding and organ failure.
There is no cure for YellowFever, and the virus can be fatal in up to 50% of people who have severe symptoms.
Yellow Fever Vaccine
YellowFever can be prevented with a single dose of vaccination (STAMARIL).
In addition to the vaccination, protection against mosquito bites is important – wear long loose clothing, insect repellent with a minimum of 50% DEET, sleep under mosquito nets, use plugin vaporisers and treat clothes with permethrin.
The vaccination against Yellow Fever should be considered for travellers who are going to an area where there is a risk of the disease. A careful assessment at the Fleet Street Clinic will help to determine the risk.
In addition, the vaccination and certificate are required when travelling to certain countries where International Health Regulations require a valid certificate upon entry to the country.
Failure to provide a valid certificate where required could deny entry to that country, or result in quarantine.
You should have your vaccination at least 10 days prior to travel for the certificate to become valid and the vaccine to be effective.
The vaccine is thought to provide lifelong protection against the disease.
The side effects of the vaccination are usually mild. They can include a headache, low fever and muscle aches and pains.
The YellowFever vaccination is a live vaccine, contains ovalbumin (egg protein) so may not be suitable for everyone. The vaccination can safely be given to infants of 9 months of age and adults.
The risks of the vaccine increase over 60 years of age so it is important that only those who are at risk of YellowFever are vaccinated.
Yellow Fever Vaccine Available at Fleet Street Clinic
Fleet Street Clinic is a registered YellowFever Centre.
We have over 20 years experience of delivering the vaccination and always have stock, even when it is in short supply.
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