Following the Yellow Fever outbreak in Brazil, the World Health Organisation has now extended the Yellow Fever vaccination area to include:
The whole of the state of Rio de Janeiro, including the urban areas of Rio de Janeiro City and Niterói
The State of São Paulo, including the urban areas of Campinas, excluding urban areas of São Paulo City
If you are headed to Brazil, make sure you receive your Yellow Fever Vaccination from a registered Yellow Fever centre before you go.
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 jungle and urban areas and 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 plug in vaporisers and treat clothes with permethrin
The vaccination against yellowfever 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 is 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 the that country, or result in quarantine
The vaccination against yellowfever should be given at least 10 days prior to travel for the certificate to become valid and the vaccine to be effective
The vaccination against yellowfever is thought to provide life long protection against the disease
The side effects from the vaccination are usually, mild and self resolve. They can include 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 Yellow Fever Centre.
We have over 20 years experience of delivering the vaccination and always have it in stock, even when it is in short supply elsewhere.
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