Yellow fever certificate of vaccination
What Is Yellow Fever?
According to the WHO, yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease present in Africa and South America. The infection can range from mild to severe. Vaccination is the best protection against this virus.
Mild symptoms of yellow fever include fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal and muscle pains. More severe symptoms include hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever.
While yellow fever is not present throughout the globe, yellow fever vaccination is important because of the virus’s high mortality rate.
Some countries like Ghana and Brazil require all or some travellers receive the immunization to enter the country.
In addition to receiving a yellow fever vaccine, travellers should be sure to use appropriate mosquito repellents or netting.
What Is the Yellow Fever Vaccine?
The yellow fever vaccine provides protection against the virus for travellers and those living in areas where the disease is present. The vaccine is only available in an injectable form.
Because the yellow fever vaccine is very safe and the disease risk is high, WHO recommends this vaccine for adults and children over 9 months who will be travelling to high-risk areas.
Some countries require proof of yellow fever immunization for entry. Because of this, all individuals who receive a yellow fever vaccination also receive an International Certificate of Vaccination (or ‘yellow card’) to certify they have been immunized. This card is what will be presented at an international entry point in most cases.
Where Can I Get The Yellow Fever Vaccine?
Only registered Yellow Fever Vaccination Centers can give the yellow fever vaccine and provide the International Certificate of Vaccination (“yellow card”) to travellers and other individuals. After receiving the vaccine you will receive an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) completed, signed and validated with the official stamp. Find a tropical medical centre near you to get vaccinated against yellow fever.