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How is yellow fever prevented through vaccination?

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Because there's no cure for yellow fever, prevention is critical. The yellow fever vaccine is advised for adults and children over 9 months of age traveling to or living in countries with a known risk of yellow fever. Certain countries in Africa and Latin America with the highest risk of exposure to yellow fever now require proof of yellow fever vaccination before you're allowed to travel there.

Travel medicine clinics and state or local health departments usually offer the vaccine, which needs to be repeated every 10 years for people traveling to high-risk areas. These approved vaccination centers can also give you the International Certificate of Vaccination you'll need to enter certain at-risk countries.

Call your doctor right away if you have a fever, flu-like symptoms, or other unusual signs after getting the vaccine. The yellow fever vaccine, in a few rare cases, has caused an allergic reaction, nervous system reaction, and life-threatening illness.

From: Yellow Fever WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: CDC:  "Yellow Fever" and "Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers." CDC Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases: "Yellow Fever" and "Updated Information Regarding Insect Repellents." Medline Plus: "Yellow Fever Vaccine." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases." : "JAMA Patient Page: Yellow Fever." World Health Organization: "Yellow Fever"  and "Country List: Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements and Recommendations." Environmental Protection Agency: "New Pesticide Fact Sheet: Picaridin."






The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 13, 2017

SOURCES: CDC:  "Yellow Fever" and "Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers." CDC Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases: "Yellow Fever" and "Updated Information Regarding Insect Repellents." Medline Plus: "Yellow Fever Vaccine." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases." : "JAMA Patient Page: Yellow Fever." World Health Organization: "Yellow Fever"  and "Country List: Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements and Recommendations." Environmental Protection Agency: "New Pesticide Fact Sheet: Picaridin."






The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 13, 2017

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