Yellow fever vaccination is carried out for two different purposes:
- To protect individual travellers who may be exposed to yellow fever infection.
- To prevent the international spread of the disease by protecting countries from the risk of importing or spreading the yellow fever virus.
Course delegates MUST ensure that they hold a valid International Certificate of Inoculation and Vaccination (ICIV) - also known as International Vaccination (yellow) Card, obtained from their respective native Ministry of Health or its agents, against yellow fever, cholera, malaria, smallpox, prophylaxis, etc, etc. Delegates must ensure that they have valid International Vaccination (yellow) Card. Emphasis is laid on those from yellow fever-mapped zones, you definitely must possess a valid yellow fever certificate issued by any of World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised medical centres.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Yellow Fever?
Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease present mostly in Asia, Africa and South America. The infection can range from mild to severe. Vaccination is the best protection against this virus.
Mild symptoms of yellow fever include: fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal and muscle pains. More severe symptoms include hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever.
While yellow fever is not present throughout the world, yellow fever vaccination is important because of the virus's high mortality rate. Some countries like Ghana, South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya require all or some travelers receive the immunization to enter the country. In addition to receiving a yellow fever vaccine, travelers should be sure to use appropriate mosquito repellents or netting.
What Is the Yellow Fever Vaccine?
The yellow fever vaccine provides protection against the virus for travelers and those living in areas where the disease is present. The vaccine is only available in an injectable form. Because the yellow fever vaccine is very safe and the disease risk is high, the WHO recommends this vaccine for adults and children over 9 months who will be traveling to high-risk areas. Some countries require proof of yellow fever immunization for entry. Because of this, all individuals who receive a yellow fever vaccination at any WHO approved health centre also receive an International Certificate of Vaccination (or 'yellow card') to certify they have been immunized. This card is what will be presented at an international entry point in most cases.
Where Can I Get The Yellow Fever Vaccine?
Only registered Yellow Fever Vaccination Centers can give the yellow fever vaccine and provide the International Certificate of Vaccination ("yellow card") to travelers and other individuals. After receiving the vaccine you will receive an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) completed, signed and validated with the official stamp. In most cases, one inject offers 10 years protection.