We are the only locally designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre in Wellingborough; our centre has been authorised by NaTHNaC (as the regulatory body for England, Wales and Northern Ireland), to administer the yellow fever vaccine in accordance with International Health Regulations (2005). Moreover, we strive to meet the healthcare needs of our community; that’s why we are the only pharmacy in Wellingborough providing yellow fever vaccines.
What Is Yellow Fever?
Yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes causing a spectrum of disease from mild to severe symptoms. It is a vaccine preventable viral infection transmitted predominantly by certain species of day biting mosquitoes. YF virus can cause an illness that results in jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) and bleeding, with severe damage to the major organs. The death rate is high in those who develop severe disease.
YF is a risk in tropical parts of Africa, South America, eastern Panama in Central America and Trinidad in the Caribbean. Areas with a risk of YF transmission are countries (or areas within countries) where mosquito species known to transmit the disease are present and where the infection is reported in monkeys and/or humans.
Yellow fever is rare in western travellers. The last reported case in the UK was acquired by a laboratory technician working with the virus in London in the 1930s. There were six recorded deaths from YF in non-vaccinated European and American travellers between 1996 and 2010.
The risk of contracting YF is determined by the following factors:
– Travel destination
– Intensity of YF transmission in the area to be visited
– Season of travel (most cases in travellers have occurred in the late rainy season to early dry season)
– Duration of travel
– Activities allowing exposure to mosquitoes
– Immunisation status.
In order to prevent the international spread of YF, under International Health Regulations, countries may require proof of vaccination, recorded in an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP).
Those visiting YF risk areas should practice meticulous mosquito bite avoidance.
Yellow Fever Vaccine
A highly effective live YF vaccine is available and in general vaccination is recommended for all persons visiting countries where there is a risk of YF virus transmission. Very rarely yellow fever vaccination is associated with serious adverse reactions. Yellow fever vaccination certificates are valid 10 days after vaccinations and provides life long protection in most cases.
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