Why Should You Get a Yellow Fever Vaccine Before Travelling?
What is a yellow fever vaccine?
If you travel to a region where yellow fever is common, you can protect yourself from getting the disease with a highly effective vaccine. It is imperative to avoid bug bites even if you have had a vaccination since insects like mosquitoes can spread other deadly diseases. Continue reading for more information on the yellow fever vaccine in Edinburgh.
Why should you get travel vaccines?
If you intend to travel outside the United Kingdom, you may need vaccinations against some of the most serious diseases there are. Among the diseases that can be prevented by vaccination include hepatitis A, yellow fever, and typhoid.
What are the symptoms of yellow fever?
Yellow fever is a severe illness spread by mosquitoes. The first symptoms of yellow fever usually appear 3 to 6 days after being ill.
Symptoms of yellow fever include:
– Backache and muscle pain
– A high temperature
– Feeling sick or nauseous
– Sensitivity to light
– A headache
– Loss of appetite and feeling generally sick
Up to 1 in 4 people eventually develop more serious symptoms, such as:
– Yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice)
– Bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes or ears
– Vomiting blood or blood in faeces
Who should have the yellow fever vaccine in Edinburgh?
It is recommended for travellers from the age of nine months who are going to:
– A region where yellow fever is present, such as regions of sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Central America, and Trinidad in the Caribbean
– A nation that mandates you possess a document attesting to your yellow fever vaccination
To give the vaccine enough time to act, you should get the vaccine at least 10 days before your trip.
You or your child must wait at least 4 weeks after receiving the MMR vaccine before receiving the yellow fever vaccine.
If it is not possible to wait for four weeks, yellow fever vaccination should be administered. However, an additional dose of MMR should be considered at a later date. For those who continue to be at risk, re-vaccination with the yellow fever vaccine may potentially be an option.
Who cannot have the yellow fever vaccine?
Those that are ineligible for the vaccination include:
– Babies under 6 months old.
– People with a weakened immune system, for example, those with lymphoma or leukaemia.
– Those who are allergic to any of the components in the vaccine, including people allergic to eggs.
– Anyone who has a close family member who has had a severe reaction to the vaccine, resulting in damage to the brain or other organs.
– Anyone with a thymus gland condition or who’ve had their thymus gland removed.
– Individuals whose immune system is weakened by treatment, like steroids and chemotherapy.
– People who previously had a serious reaction to the yellow fever vaccine.
– Those who are older than 60 years and are travelling to regions where the yellow fever vaccine is not usually recommended.
Which countries require the yellow fever vaccine?
Travellers from countries with yellow fever who visit areas where transmission may occur often need to show proof of their immunisation.
What are the side effects of the yellow fever vaccine?
Those who received the yellow fever vaccine have a lower chance of adverse effects than those who did not.
Up to one in 3 persons may experience the following side effects after vaccination:
– Muscle pain
– A headache
– A rise in the temperature
– Soreness around the injection site
However, these side effects usually go away after two weeks.
More severe side effects, such as an allergic reaction to one of the vaccine’s components, are uncommon.
How long does the protection against yellow fever last?
Thanks to the vaccine, the majority of people are permanently immune to the infection.
Only a small percentage of persons who visit areas where yellow fever is prevalent require a second dose of the vaccine. Additionally, this should apply to those who have already had a vaccination, but:
– Were younger than two years old
– Were pregnant
– Had HIV/AIDS
– Later had a bone marrow transplant
– Had a compromised immune system
If you’re unsure about whether you require a second dose before travelling, get in touch with us.
How much does the yellow fever vaccine in Edinburgh cost?
You must pay for the yellow fever vaccine because it is not covered by the NHS. Get in touch with Newington Pharmacy today to learn more about the yellow fever vaccine cost.
You can also contact us if you require a vaccination certificate for the country you are travelling to but are unable to receive the vaccine.
Book your appointment today for the yellow fever vaccine in Edinburgh.
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