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Yellow Fever

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Yellow fever can cause headaches, a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or over and bleeding, and it can be fatal. It is passed to humans through bites of infected mosquitoes.

High-risk areas

High-risk areas for yellow fever include:

  • South America
  • parts of sub-Saharan Africa

Some countries require you to have an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before they will let you into the country. The certificate proves that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever.

The yellow fever vaccination is recommended for anyone who is:

  • travelling to or living in an area or country where yellow fever is found
  • travelling to a country that requires an ICVP for entry

The vaccine

Anyone aged nine months or older can be given a single dose of the vaccine, which will provide protection against yellow fever for 10 years. After this time, a booster dose will be required.

You will need to have the yellow fever vaccine a minimum of 10 days before you are due to travel. This is because your ICVP is only valid 10 days after your vaccination and then remains valid for 10 years.

Children aged six to nine months old should only be vaccinated against yellow fever if the risk of developing the condition during travel is unavoidable. The yellow fever vaccine is not suitable for children under six months old.

The yellow fever vaccination is only available from designated centers.

If you cannot be vaccinated against yellow fever for medical reasons (or for infants aged under nine months), jabs travel clinic will  be able to issue you with a medical waiver certificate. This will explain why you are unable to have the vaccine.


Travel vaccination side effects

Side Effects Of Travel Vaccines – Most vaccines are well tolerated and may cause no problems at all.  Many people complain of an aching or soreness at the site of injection, which only lasts a short while. Some people may have side effects such as a high temperature or nausea (feeling sick) after having certain travel vaccinations. Severe reactions are rare but if they do happen report any side effects to the clinic or your GP.


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