Yellow fever is a serious disease caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitos, though it cant be spread directly from person to person. The symptoms of yellow fever begin with fever, headache, chills, and nausea/vomiting, and can progress to jaundice (yellow skin or eyes), liver, kidney, and respiratory failure, and death. Yellow fever occurs mainly in certain parts of Africa and tropical South America.
The yellow fever vaccine can prevent yellow fever and is given only at approved vaccination centers that can provide the traveler with a valid International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP). This certificate is valid for 10 years from the 10th day after vaccination and is required to enter certain countries. The vaccine is given as a single shot and must be administered at least 10 days prior to travel. Booster shots are recommended for people who remain at risk.
Severe problems (Rare):
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help ease pain and reduce fever.
It is extremely rare for these vaccines to cause serious harm or death. If the person getting the vaccine has a serious reaction, call the doctor or seek immediate medical attention.
The yellow fever vaccine is available at Walgreens Pharmacy. Ages vary by state.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
Call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 800-232-4636 or visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines for more vaccine information.
Hamborsky J, Kroger A, Wolfe S, eds. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. 13th ed., second printing. Washington, DC: Public Health Foundation, 2015.
Vaccine Information Statement: Yellow Fever Vaccine (What You Need to Know). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 03/30/2011. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/yf.pdf. Accessed April 2016.
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