Yellow Fever gets it’s name from the yellowing of the skin, known as jaundice
What is Yellow Fever?
Yellow Fever is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes often in the South American and African continents.
It is potentially lethal as it can harm many functions on our body from heart to kidneys.
In the early days when there was no vaccine, many people travelling into the tropics died of it.
Thankfully there is now a vaccine called Stamaril (Australia) to prevent it.
Why Get It?
It’s a travel requirement for most countries that upon entry you show a vaccination certificate proving you’ve been vaccinated for Yellow Fever…IF….you’ve been travelling to Africa or South America in the last six (6) days.
Strict policy I know, but it’s to prevent international spread of the disease across borders.
If you don’t get it, they’ll most likely detain you in quarantine for 6 days to confirm your free of the disease and/or make you get vaccinated before entry.
Who Needs It?
Everyone over the age of 9 months
How Do You Get Protection?
Only a limited number of medical centres are Approved Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres. Here is a list of them (Scroll to bottom of page): Approved Centres in Aus
What Else Can I Do? Avoid Mosquitoes
The following measures can minimize exposure to mosquitoes-the culprits behind Yellow Fever spreading:
- Applying insect repellant containing DEET or picaridin
- Wearing long-sleeved clothes when outdoors
- Avoid perfume/cologne as these can attract mosquitoes
- Keep doors and windows closed at night
- Drape a mosquito net over your bed to act as a physical barrier
What Other Vaccines Might I Need?
A great website I use often is: https://www.travelvax.com.au/
You simply punch in the destination country and it’ll give vaccine recommendations as well and current alerts for that region e.g. wild weather warnings, disease outbreaks etc..