Yellow fever is a viral infection that is most commonly found in the tropics and subtropics. It is carried by the female aedes aegypti mosquito, and is passed from one person to the next by the mosquito bite. It tends to be more prevalent in developing countries because of poor sanitation and reduced access to insecticides to get rid of mosquitoes.
The first symptoms of yellow fever include nausea, loss of appetite, fever and headache. For this reason, it can be difficult to distinguish from other viral infections. Later, the virus can cause yellowing of the eyes (giving the virus the name yellow fever), liver damage and even death. In 2013, the World Health Organisation estimated that 45,000 people had died from yellow fever, most of whom were in Africa.
Unfortunately, yellow fever can be fatal in severe cases and there is no known cure. Luckily for travellers, a vaccination is available. Used worldwide, the yellow fever vaccine is well respected and provides protection within ten days of vaccination. One dose of the vaccine provides lifelong protection, meaning that you will also be covered for any subsequent trips you choose to make in your lifetime.
At our yellow fever clinic in Leighton Buzzard, you can be sure to receive excellent travel heath advice. At the convenience of your local Touchwood Pharmacy, you will be seen by an experienced pharmacist at a time to suit you. In addition to our yellow fever clinic, our staff are experts in other aspects of travel health, including other vaccinations or health precautions you should take depending on you travel destination(s). They can also provide assistance with other vaccinations including Hepatitis or Typhoid to ensure you are fully covered.
We offer competitive pricing of our yellow fever vaccine, so contact us today to visit our yellow fever clinic in Leighton Buzzard.