Are you planning a trip to Africa or perhaps South America? These regions are yellow fever disease risk areas. If you are going on a vacation here, you will need a vaccine to protect yourself from contracting yellow fever. Planning is critical to ensure that you will not get sick while on your trip and spread the disease when you come back home.
Yellow fever vaccine is the most effective protection against the disease. By getting vaccinated before your trip, as well as avoiding possible methods that you can contract it, will help. Yellow fever virus is commonly found in tropical and subtropical locations. It includes Africa and South America, the latter of which has a recent outbreak in Brazil.
This ongoing outbreak also spread to other destinations such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. There have been international travelers who were not vaccinated that has gotten yellow fever. Some of them even died. You can avoid contracting it by making sure that before you leave for any of these regions, you are adequately protected with a yellow fever vaccine.
Yellow fever is a fatal disease that spreads through the bite of a mosquito infected by the yellow fever virus. It spreads from mosquito to mosquito, so you do not have to worry that you can contract it by direct contact with an infected person. The symptoms of this disease can take around a week to develop and is strongly similar to flu.
A person with yellow fever will look jaundice, which means having yellowish skin or eyes. He or she will also be typically bleeding from many different body sites. Yellow fever can also cause them to have kidney, liver, and respiratory failure, as well as with other organs. Death is likely in 20% -50% severe cases. The typical signs and symptoms of yellow fever are:
The yellow fever virus comes from mosquito bites, which is also how it spreads. It is common in rural areas in areas where the disease risk areas. It is not contagious or spreads through direct contact. If you want to protect yourself from the virus, the best method is to get vaccinated. You should also take measure to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.
If you recently came back from a trip to an area where yellow fever is prevalent or has a trip planned to go to a disease-risk country, you can visit our clinic to discuss your options with our doctor. We can provide you guidance and provide you with the yellow fever vaccine. Contact us today or book an appointment online to schedule your visit.
After getting vaccinated, we will provide you with a “yellow card.” It is called an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) that you need to bring on your trip. Depending on the country you will be visiting, you may need this as proof. With this, you will be set for your trip and confident that you are protected from the yellow fever virus.