Northfields Travel Clinic

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccine in Ealing

Yellow Fever is a preventable viral infection transmitted predominantly by certain species of day biting mosquitoes. This virus can cause an illness that results in jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) and bleeding, with severe damage to the major organs. Northfields Travel Clinic can provide the Yellow Fever vaccine in Ealing.

This vaccine is recommended for people who are travelling to an area where yellow fever is found, including parts of sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Central America and Trinidad in the Caribbean or a country that requires you to have a certificate proving you have been vaccinated against yellow fever.

You should be vaccinated at least 10 days before you travel to allow enough time for the vaccine to work. If you or your child has had the MMR vaccine, you or they need to wait at least 4 weeks before having the yellow fever vaccine.

If it is not possible to leave a 4-week gap, the yellow fever vaccine should be given but an additional dose of MMR should be considered at a later date. Re-vaccination with the yellow fever vaccine can also be considered on an individual basis for those at on-going risk.


Symptoms of yellow fever

It can take 3-6 days from the time of infection for the symptoms of yellow fever to appear. These symptoms can range from:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Backache
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Light sensitivity
  • Nausea and/or sickness

On rarer occasions the symptoms can be more severe, sometimes resulting in death. These are:

  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine
  • Stomach pain with vomiting
  • Liver and kidney function issues


How do you treat Yellow Fever?

There is currently no cure for yellow fever, and the only way to be sure you are protected is by getting yourself vaccinated before you travel. In order to protect yourself further, it is recommended that you also wear clothing which covers the skin as much as possible, such as long-sleeved tops and full-length trousers, when visiting countries at risk of Yellow Fever. We also recommened you use insect repellant and keep it regularly topped up as per the instructions.

If you are starting to show some symptoms then you should keep yourself hydrated and take painkillers to allow your body to fight off the infection. You should also seek medical help.


How long does the vaccine last?

A single dose of the vaccine is usually enough to protect you from Yellow Fever for life, however there are some people who may be recommended a booster dose when they next visit areas which are at risk of Yellow Fever. These include people who:

  • Were pregnant when they had their first vaccine
  • Are under two years old
  • Are HIV positive
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Were vaccinated before a bone marrow transplant


Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

Some countries require a certificate showing you have been vaccinated before you’re allowed entry. This is known as an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP). All vaccination certificates are now valid for life, including older ones with an expiry date on them. You’ll be given a certificate when you’re vaccinated at Northfields Travel Clinic.


One dose at £69 (Brand: Stamaril)


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