Yellow Fever is a serious viral infection spread by mosquitoes. It’s found in parts of Africa, South America, Central America and Trinidad in the Caribbean. It can develop into a more serious illness which has a high fatality rate.
Strict international regulations are put in place to prevent the spread of Yellow Fever. Many countries sometimes require proof that you have had the Yellow Fever vaccination.
The main symptoms include:
- A high temperature
- Feeling sick or vomiting
- Muscle pain and backache
- Your eyes being sensitive to light
- Loss of appetite and feeling generally unwell
Up to 1 in 4 people go on to get more serious symptoms, such as:
yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes or ears
vomiting blood or blood in stools
1. How do you catch it?
Yellow Fever is a disease that is transmitted via bites from infected mosquitoes. These mosquitoes bite mainly during daytime hours. You cannot get Yellow Fever from close contact with someone who has it. Mosquitoes can also spread other serious illnesses, such as Malaria and Dengue.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites! This can be achieved through use of an effective insect repellent as well as wearing long, loose-fitting clothing. Stick to long sleeved shirts and pants during peak hours.
A once in a lifetime vaccination is also available.
3. Vaccination options
Vaccination is recommended for anyone planning to travel to parts of the world where Yellow Fever can be prevalent.
For some destinations, the Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory. Please check with us
Number of doses? 1 dose
When to do the course? Ideally 2-3 weeks before travel.
Booster doses? No booster dose
Age restrictions? Vaccine is available for anyone 1 years old and above.
4. At Risk Destinations
Yellow Fever is found in parts of Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
For a free risk assessment and expert advice, contact us today and speak with one of our dedicated healthcare professionals.