It Was All Yellow

The symptoms associated with yellow fever are just the same as those you'd experience with a common cold, but don't let that fool you. Yellow fever is an exceptionally serious disease. One that has claimed the lives of many travellers who threw caution to the wind by not immunising against it. And that's nothing to be sniffed at. When one simple and readily available vaccination is all it takes to protect yourself from the threat of yellow fever indefinitely, is it really worth risking your life over?

If you haven't set foot in Africa, South America, South East Asia or the Caribbean, you may never have heard of yellow fever. But the disease is very much prevalent in these territories, and while the symptoms may replicate those of a common cold, the truth of the matter is, yellow fever is very much a life-threatening illness if contracted.

It's spread by infected mosquitos that pass on the disease when they come into contact with a human host. Both urban and rural areas are affected, and the particular mosquito responsible is a day dwelling species, so all the while the sun is up, the risk of contamination is present. And a constant threat for those who haven’t been medically immunised against the illness in advance.

If you're planning on travelling to any area where yellow fever exists it’s imperative you get yourself properly vaccinated before you leave home. Not only will this ensure your safety, but in some parts of the world entry is forbidden without the proper medical certification to prove that you've been immunised against yellow fever. It's a severe step, but one that is becoming increasingly necessary in an attempt to stop the wider spread of this crippling disease.

Yellow fever symptoms include a high temperature, headaches, vomiting or nausea, muscle aches and a loss of appetite. These initial symptoms can lead to more serious complications including kidney failure and losing blood through the nose, mouth, eyes or stomach. And it's these complications that cause more than half of those who contract yellow fever to die.

Getting vaccinated for yellow fever is easy and all of our PDC travel clinics offer this service as standard. Ideally, you want to be vaccinated at least 10 days ahead of travel, but even if your departure date is looming, it's still advisable to get a yellow fever vaccination. If your travel takes you to any of the affected territories for all or part of your trip. If you're unsure whether yellow fever is present in your intended destination, our GPs will be able to advise you, and give you advice on any other recommended jabs you might also need before you travel.

Once you've received the yellow fever vaccination, which is administered as a one-off single injection, you'll be covered for life, so it really is a worthwhile travel jab to have. One that you'll benefit from every time you travel to an affected area. Giving you priceless peace of mind and the freedom to enjoy your trip of a lifetime to its fullest. Knowing that the memories you make will be safely yours for a lifetime to come too.

To speak directly to one of our PDC travel clinics simply choose a location convenient to you and get in touch with us on the phone, or via email. You'll receive a response from one of our qualified clinicians the very same day you contact us.

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