YELLOW FEVER

Are you travelling to Africa or South America?

These are 2 parts of the world where it might be recommended that travellers are protected against Yellow Fever. Although some areas may not have had recent cases of yellow fever, The Travel Clinic’s (Glasgow), nurses will check your travel plans and can vaccinate you against this potentially fatal disease. As some countries require proof of vaccination on entering you should ensure you have received the vaccination at least 10 days prior to travel so that the certificate is valid and to allow your body time to build up the protection against the infection. For the majority of individuals, one dose of the injection provides protection for life.  If yellow fever vaccine is recommended, you will be required to complete a yellow fever vaccine checklist to help us assess if yellow fever vaccine can be given to you.  This form will be provided at your appointment for you to complete. 

If you are travelling to certain parts of the world it is better to be protected with the Yellow Fever Vaccine so you do not put yourself or your family at risk.
The shocking statistic is that up to 50% of people who develop severe yellow fever disease will die, and the sad thing is it is easily preventable with a vaccine.

Those pesky day time mosquitos that bite you when you are on a local sightseeing trip are the main cause of this virus.

Yellow Fever causes symptoms such as headaches, nausea and vomiting, fever high temperatures, muscle pain, and backache. One of the main signs is the yellowing of the skin and the eyes called jaundice.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe:

Find out if yellow fever vaccination is indicated for your trip.
Get Vaccinated ideally a minimum of 10 days before travelling.
Try to choose air-conditioned accommodation throughout your travels.
Burn a mosquito coil or use a plug-in device that releases insecticide.
Purchase one of our mosquito nets for over your bed.
Be mindful to ask if your accommodation comes with mesh screening on the windows and doors.
Purchase and use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin.
If you can it is better to wear loose-fitting clothes with long sleeves and full length trousers.