Yellow Fever Vaccine
If you are considering traveling internationally, you’ll need to get vaccinated to protect yourself against potential illness and disease. Our travel clinic provides you with information about your destination, education regarding vaccinations, possible side effects and more. We encourage our patients to come see us at MyConceirgeMD’s vaccine clinic upon booking an international trip to consult with us about potential risks associated with disease and illness before boarding your flight.
Yellow fever is a vaccine we do not administer at our clinic, but we do provide information regarding the vaccine and referrals to our affiliate clinics should you require a vaccination. We have provided a brief overview of what yellow fever is, how it is administered and a list of countries where you will want to protect yourself against this disease.
What is yellow fever?
Yellow fever is categorized as an acute systemic illness caused by the flavivirus. Yellow fever is transmitted through the body by mosquito bites, often found in tropical or subtropical regions. Symptoms include:
- Jaundice or yellowing of the skin
- Body aches
- High fever
- Loss of appetite
What is the yellow fever vaccine used for?
Quite simply, a yellow fever vaccine will prevent a human from developing this deadly disease. The Yellow Fever vaccine was developed in the 1980’s to protect local communities and tourists from becoming infected.
Why a vaccine? Where is it injected?
The Yellow Fever vaccination is the safest and most reliable method of preventing transmission of this deadly disease. The vaccination is injected into the skin and should be administered at least 10-14 days before departure. A single dose of the Yellow Fever vaccine will protect a traveler for up to ten years, making it an effective preventative measure for international travel.
Which countries are suggested for the vaccine before travel?
The Yellow Fever Vaccine is suggested (and required by some countries) for all travelers visiting high risk countries who are over the age of 9 months. Areas of high risk include Africa, South America, Central America and some Caribbean countries.
It is important for you and your family to stay safe during your travels. Although some countries don’t require a traveler to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever, it is important to receive the vaccination for your health. Talk to one of our physicians at our Los Angeles vaccine clinic today about scheduling an appointment to receive the Yellow Fever vaccine and others before you travel out of the country.