Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

In a regular clinic, these vaccines are costly and you need to pay cash upfront for them. However, through our travel clinic, we can bill insurance directly and save you money upfront.

What is Yellow Fever?

Yellow Fever is a disease that is caused by a virus known as a flavivirus, and it can be contracted by the bite of an infected mosquito. The name is derived from the yellowing of the skin and eyes, also known as jaundice, that occurs when the virus attacks the liver. There is no medicine or cure to treat Yellow Fever, however, it can be prevented by a vaccine.

What is my risk?

Your risk level is dependent on a variety of factors including your destination, how long you will be staying there, and what activities you will partake in while you are there. The risk is generally low for most travelers, however, it is higher for those visiting areas of risk or those who are staying for an extended period of time, as well as those visiting jungle areas or rural areas, or partaking in outdoor activities (camping, hiking, cycling, fieldwork, etc.).

Who should get the vaccine?

It is recommended for people 9 months to 59 years of age who are traveling to areas that are considered high risk for Yellow Fever.

How is it spread?

It is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes, predominantly the Aedes species in Africa and the Haemagogus species in South America. These mosquitoes typically bite during the day, usually around sunrise and sunset.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can take anywhere from 3 to 6 days to appear. The symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Dehydration

In more severe cases, this disease can lead to:

  • Shock
  • Internal bleeding
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Organ failure