If you are travelling to Africa, the Caribbean, Central or South America, you should be aware of the risk of yellow fever. Yellow fever vaccinations must be provided by an approved yellow fever clinic. Aspendale Clinic is an approved clinic. One of our doctors will provide a vaccination certificate in the form approved and required by World Health Organisation. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid for 10 years and begins 10 days after vaccination.
How do humans become infected with yellow fever virus?
Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Yellow fever can lead to serious illness and even death. It is called ‘yellow fever’ because in serious cases, the skin turns yellow in colour. This is known as ‘jaundice’. Yellow fever is a quarantinable disease in Australia. Yellow fever is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes. In tropical rainforests, yellow fever occurs in monkeys that are infected by mosquitoes. The yellow fever virus is passed onto other mosquitoes that feed on infected monkeys. These infected mosquitoes bite humans that enter the forest, resulting in yellow fever. Infection in humans. This form of the disease is known as ‘sylvatic’ or ‘jungle’ yellow fever.
How can travellers protect against yellow fever?
Yellow fever is preventable. The vaccine is safe and almost 100% effective. The vaccination is recommended for all travellers to countries or areas where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission.
Do I need a yellow fever vaccination?
It is strongly recommended that all travellers be given vaccination for yellow fever if travelling to a yellow fever declared country.
Who can have a yellow fever vaccination?
- Persons who are nine months of age or older travelling or living in any country in West Africa, regardless of where they will be in that country; and
- Persons who are nine months of age or older travelling or living outside the urban areas of all other yellow fever endemic countries.