If you’re planning a trip abroad, you may have heard the words Yellow Fever being mentioned, but what is yellow fever, and should you consider getting the yellow fever vaccination yourself? At Touchwood Pharmacy, we make it easier for you to make decisions about your travel health before you leave the UK.
What is Yellow Fever?
Yellow fever is a viral infection that is found in the tropics and subtropics. It is a virus carried by the female of the aedes aegypti mosquito. Once a mosquito is infected with the virus, it passes it on by biting a human and transmitting the virus into their blood stream. You may already know that yellow fever is more prominent in developing countries, and particularly in areas of poor sanitation or where access to insecticides is reduced. Whilst a mosquito bite might be annoying, contracting yellow fever could ruin your travel plans.
Yellow Fever Countries
Yellow fever is found in countries including tropical and subtropical parts of Africa and in South America. The symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, fever and headache. At first it can be difficult to distinguish from other viral infections, but later the virus can cause damage to the liver and yellowing of the eyes. In some cases it can even cause death. In 2013, it was estimated that 45,000 people had died as a result of yellow fever.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
You may not have realised, but vaccination against this disease is available from Touchwood Pharmacy at a competitive price. We run yellow fever clinics at times that are convenient to our customers to ensure everyone is able to take care of their travel health. Just one dose of the vaccine is required to give you protection against the virus. Worldwide, the vaccine is well respected and works within ten days of vaccination. This protection then lasts a lifetime.
It is important to note that some countries require proof of vaccination before you will be allowed to enter the country. We can provide the required certification at our yellow fever clinic, ensuring you have everything you need in one easy appointment.
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