Yellow Fever Vaccination

If you are going to a country which has Yellow Fever (YF), please read the below and download, complete and return the YF questionnaire to us by emailing it to umsuea@nhs.net 

DOWNLOAD: Yellow Fever Questionnaire 

Yellow fever (YF) is a serious illness caused by the YF virus. YF is usually passed on to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito and occurs in parts of the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa and South/Central America.

YF can vary from a flu-like illness that gets better on its own over several days to a severe illness with fever, jaundice (turning yellow), bleeding and organ failure.

There is no specific medicine to treat YF.  Most people with the disease will need to be admitted to hospital and treated for their symptoms, some in intensive care.  

Many people who get YF will die from the disease.

You can find further information about YF www.nhs.uk/conditions/yellow-fever

NaTHNaC Guidance and Information about Yellow Fever

NaTHNaC (National Travel Health Network and Centre - a UK Government organisation) produce travel health guidance for overseas travel.  They have produced an information leaflet about YF covering; 

  • Where YF occurs
  • How you can prevent YF
  • Information about the YF vaccine
  • Who should get the YF vaccine
  • Who should NOT get the YF vaccine
  • What to do if you can not get a YF vaccine
  • Risks associated from and with the YF vaccine
  • Further information

DOWNLOAD: NaTHNaC Yellow Fever Information for Travellers leaflet

The Yellow Fever Vaccine

Our specially trained travel nurses will conduct a full risk assessment on your suitability to have the YF vaccine in the first instance.  This depends on a number of things, all of which will be taken into consideration;

  • Duration of travel
  • Countries you are visiting
  • Intensity of YF transmission area(s) you are visiting
  • Season of travel 
  • Activities you are undertaking
  • Immunisation status
  • Discuss your medical history to check for any contraindications
  • Discuss the risks in having/not having the vaccine

 
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