Yellow Fever Vaccine
Not all GP clinics in Melbourne stock travel vaccinations, however Yarra Medical stocks a full range of travel vaccines including the yellow fever vaccine.
If you are over nine months of age and living or travelling in an area with a high risk of yellow fever transmission, or work routinely with the yellow fever virus, make sure you receive the yellow fever vaccine. The good thing is immunisation against yellow fever only requires a single dose, which is certified for 10 years. You should book an appointment with us for your immunisation 6 to 8 weeks prior to your departure. Some countries require you to be vaccinated for entry, and evidence of this must be entered in your International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis by a WHO authorised healthcare provider. Check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade websites for updated lists of these countries.
Side effects of the yellow fever vaccine
Though uncommon, side effects from the vaccine can include low-grade fever, mild headache and muscle aches. The site of the injection may become sore, red, itchy, swollen or warm to the touch. Paracetamol is recommended to treat these symptoms.
People who should not receive the yellow fever vaccine
The following people should not receive the vaccination:
- Anyone younger than nine months of age
- Anyone with allergies to eggs
- Anyone who has had a severe reaction to a previous dose, or component, of the vaccine
- Anyone with a weakened immune system
- Anyone with a history of thymic disorder
Pregnancy and the yellow fever vaccine
It is not recommended that a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding a baby under nine months of age should receive the vaccine. If travel to areas with high risk of yellow fever is unavoidable, speak to your healthcare provider.
What is yellow fever?
Yellow fever is a viral disease spread by infected mosquitos found in tropical areas of Central and South America and Africa. Symptoms can include fever, jaundice, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain and fatigue. In up to 25% of cases, yellow fever can reach the ‘toxic’ stage, in which the virus infects vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver. 50% of people who are infected with ‘toxic’ yellow fever will die.
For more information please view the Better Health website.
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