Yellow fever is a viral infection spread by the infected bite of a female mosquito. The initial symptoms make diagnosis difficult as they mimic other viruses including flu. Headaches, nausea, fever and loss of appetite can later be followed by more serious illness with liver damage and internal bleeding. In 2013, it was estimated that 45,000 people died from yellow fever, almost all of whom were in Africa. Vaccination prior to travel is therefore of utmost importance.
Yellow fever is more common in developing countries where sanitation is poor and lack of insecticides mean a prevalence of mosquitoes. Yellow fever is mostly seen in the tropics and subtropics, including Africa, Asia and South America.
The yellow fever vaccine offers lifelong protection after just one dose, meaning it’ll protect you for every trip you take during your lifetime. It offers protection ten days after the vaccination is given, so even if you feel you’ve left it too late to visit our yellow fever clinic, this most likely isn’t the case.
In some countries, evidence of the yellow fever vaccination is mandatory before they will let you pass through customs. This is to prevent the spread, or introduction, or yellow fever within that country. Our pharmacists can advise you of the countries in which yellow fever vaccination is required.
At our clinic in Hanwell, you can be sure of a professional service. Our experienced pharmacists are experts in providing travel advice. When you book into our yellow fever clinic in Hanwell, we can also provide information on other travel vaccinations and give advice on all aspects of travel health. Our vaccines are competitively priced, and with our convenient location there is no need to go anywhere else for your yellow fever vaccine.
Contact us today to book your yellow fever vaccine, or to receive helpful advice from one of our qualified pharmacists.