Your Ultimate Guide to the Yellow Fever Vaccination

When you come home after travelling to African, South or Central American destinations, you may feel a bit under the weather, after all, international travel in itself can be taxing on the body. Usually, you can cure your exhaustion with a warm bath, healthy meals, and resting up, but if your self- help seems futile and you wake to worsening symptoms each day such as feeling feverish and increasing body aches, you might have yellow fever. Without yellow fever vaccination, potential life-threatening risks can develop from contracting this disease.

You can avoid a worrisome yellow fever diagnosis by receiving the Yellow Fever vaccination as part of our travel clinic in Kingston which cater to ensure safe travels. You can research on your own the risk of yellow fever associated with your intended destination or our knowledgeable pharmacists can advise you on which vaccinations are recommended based on your travel plan and duration of stay.

Signs and Symptoms of Yellow Fever
There are some tell-tale signs you should know which can help you identify whether or not you have yellow fever. The first stages of yellow fever include general symptoms which are similar to that of flu including fever, headache, muscle pain, loss of appetite, shivers, vomiting, and nausea. In some cases, people who do not progress from these primary presentations can be cured after three to four days. But there are some instances in which yellow fever can progress into something more serious. 

The most severe cases of yellow fever can involve jaundice, deterioration of kidney function, and hemorrhagic fever. These symptoms are dangerous because they could potentially lead to death, however they can be completely avoided when you contact us and receive your yellow fever vaccine.

Effective Ways to Prevent Yellow Fever
When travelling, you need to be mindful of mosquitoes because you may not always know when they bite. It usually takes a second to register a mosquito bite is in process but by that point the transmission could have already occurred with all the risks attached.

There are several ways you can prevent mosquito bites to reduce your risk of yellow fever transmission such as using insect repellent. Look for one that does lose efficacy when you sweat because you will most likely encounter mosquitoes in tropical and subtropical areas. Another method to reduce your risk of transmission is to wear light-coloured clothes because mosquitoes are less attracted to light colours. With light-coloured clothing you sweat less and, in turn, release less CO2, which mosquitos use to locate you.

Don’t take any changes. For full yellow fever protection, book in with our travel clinic today and enjoy safe and healthy travels abroad.