Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

What is Yellow Fever?

Yellow fever is a serious and often fatal disease that is caused by a virus. It is spread when an infected mosquito bites a person, but yellow fever cannot be spread from person to person. It is found in certain areas of South America and Africa. If yellow fever is contracted, the person will likely experience flu like symptoms, fever, jaundice, respiratory, kidney and liver failure, vomiting blood and in some cases death. Most people with this disease have to be hospitalized for extended periods and in many cases, they do not survive.

Who needs the Yellow Fever vaccination? When?

Anyone over the age of nine months or who is going to be living in or traveling to an area where yellow fever disease is present should consider getting this the vaccination. Certain countries require persons who are visiting their country to demonstrate written proof that they have had the yellow fever vaccination before the traveler is allowed to enter.

What are the risks of the Yellow Fever vaccine?

Some of the risks of the yellow fever vaccination include aches, fever, swelling, redness or soreness at the site of injection. In some cases, a life-threatening allergic reaction may occur, but this is extremely rare.

How can I learn more about the Yellow Fever vaccine?

Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.