The yellow fever is a viral illness that can potentially be fatal for an individual that had been infected. The illness is mainly transmitted through a bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is most active during the hours of dawn & dusk.
The virus itself can be found around sub-Saharan Africa as well as South and Central America. Outbreaks can occur in jungles and urban areas.
It typically takes around a week after the infected bite for symptoms to start arising. The main ones include fever, headaches, nausea, muscle soreness and lack of energy. If not diagnosed and treated early, it can progress to yellowing of the skin and the eyes and will eventually cause internal bleeding and organ failure which are fatal to the victim.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure found for yellow fever and 50% of the victims who suffer from severe symptoms pass away.
Although there is no cure for the illness, you can certainly prevent it with a vaccination at our clinic on Harley Street. Our health experts do recommend that you wear long and loose clothing throughout your trip in addition to your vaccination so you can limit the exposure to mosquitos which will lower your chances of getting bitten.
If you are travelling to an area that is densely populated with such mosquitos, please seek medical advice before your departure. It can potentially save your life.
Our medical experts do recommend that you have the vaccine done at least 2 weeks prior to travel so that you can be sure that your vaccine is in full effect. The great benefit of the yellow fever vaccine is that it lasts a lifetime.
There typically are no side effects, although you can experience headaches and muscle soreness as well as lowered levels of energy.