Yellow fever and is particularly common during the rainy season, in tropical parts of Africa and South America. Many affected countries will ask you to provide proof of a Yellow fever vaccination in the form of a certificate. Book an appointment for the Yellow Fever vaccination and get certified through a trained travel pharmacist at Camden Travel Clinic.
Whilst the Yellow Fever vaccine is highly effective it may not protect everyone completely, therefore, it’s extremely important you use precautions to reduce your chance of mosquito bites. These include using insect repellents, mosquito nets, long-sleeved protective clothing and staying indoors during twilight and after dark. Strong 50% DEET based insect repellents are advisable for high risk areas.
Signs and symptoms vary depending on which phase the Yellow Fever infection has progressed to. The incubation phase – typically three to six days after contracting Yellow Fever – isn’t associated with any signs and/or symptoms. The infection then enters an acute phase and then, in some cases, a toxic phase that can be life-threatening.
Acute phase signs and symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches (particularly in the back and knees), sensitivity to light, nausea and/or vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, red eyes, face or tongue. These signs and symptoms usually improve and are gone within several days.
The acute phase can enter a more severe and life-threatening toxic phase in 15% of sufferers. Signs and symptoms include jaundice, liver and/or kidney failure and brain dysfunction.
• Course: One dose.
• When to get vaccinated: At least 10 days before you travel. Your certificate becomes valid 10 days after you have had the jab.
• Side effects: Serious side effects from the yellow fever vaccine are rare. Common side effects include soreness at the injection site, headache and pain.
• Children: Not usually recommended for children under nine months, however, we only vaccinate children aged 12 years and older.