How Long is the Yellow Fever Vaccination Good for?

When you are travelling abroad, there are many vaccinations to consider to ensure you are protected from serious diseases that are not as prevalent in the UK. One such disease is yellow fever. 

What is Yellow Fever?
Yellow fever is a viral infection that is spread through the bites of infected mosquitos. It gets its name from the yellowing of the skin, or jaundice, that it sometimes causes.  

Symptoms of yellow fever:

  • Headache
  • Muscle pain, especially in the back
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever and chills
  • Fatigue

Most people who contract yellow fever will recover in a few days and have mild to no symptoms. However, 1 out of 7 of those who are infected will develop more serious symptoms. This usually presents as briefly feeling better (remission) before becoming sicker than you were before. You may experience high fever, jaundice, bleeding, organ failure, and shock. Once yellow fever reaches this state, 30-60% of patients do not survive.

There is no treatment for yellow fever. All medical professionals can do is try to ease the severity of the symptoms. Luckily, there is a very effective yellow fever vaccine that is widely available. 

Who Should Get the Yellow Fever Vaccination?
Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for those travelling to sub-saharan Africa, Central and South America, or Trinidad. Some countries require proof of vaccination so you should check any travel restrictions to make sure you’re in compliance. 

How Long Does the Yellow Fever Vaccine Last?
The yellow fever vaccination is one of the most effective and long-lasting vaccines. After just one dose, it can provide a life-long immunity to the disease. Within 10 days, 80% of people achieve full immunity and by the 30 day mark over 99% of vaccinated people are immune.

Most people will not need to get a booster shot in their lifetimes, but you can speak to one of Miles Pharmacy’s travel health clinics if you have any concerns about getting another vaccine.

You should still take safety precautions even if you are vaccinated because mosquitoes are carriers of many different types of diseases like malaria. You should limit outdoor exposure, wear clothes that fully cover you, use insect repellent, and sleep under mosquito nets.

The yellow fever vaccine is available at our specialist travel health clinics such as the one in Kingston. To enquire about yellow fever vaccination, visit