Planning to travel to a place where yellow fever is widespread? There is an effective vaccine that can keep you from contracting the disease. Even if you’ve been vaccinated, you should prevent mosquito bites because mosquitoes can transfer other harmful infections. Keep reading to find out how to get the yellow fever vaccine in Dartford.
Who should get the yellow fever vaccine in Dartford?
Persons over the age of 9 who intend to travel to the countries listed below should get the yellow fever vaccine:
- Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, South America, and Trinidad & Tobago are all impacted by yellow fever.
- A country that requires you to get a certificate proving you’ve been vaccinated against yellow fever.
- If you are going to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah.
To allow the vaccine ample time to function, you should make sure you get it at least 10 days before your trip.
Upon receiving the MMR vaccine, you or your child must consider waiting 4 weeks before receiving the yellow fever vaccine.
If you are unable to keep a 4-week interval, you can still receive the yellow fever vaccine, but an additional MMR dose should be considered. Re-vaccination with the yellow fever vaccine can be recommended on an individual basis for those who are still at risk.
Is it possible to get vaccinated after the age of 60?
You can get the yellow fever vaccine if you’re over the age of 60, but only if you’re healthy and fit, understand the hazards, and there’s a substantial risk of the disease at your destination. To help you make an informed decision regarding vaccination, your pharmacist or doctor will outline the risk of becoming unwell at your destination and the vaccine’s potential side effects.
How long does the yellow fever vaccine last?
Most people are protected against yellow fever for the rest of their lives if they get the yellow fever vaccine.
For a tiny percentage of people who travel to locations where yellow fever is a risk, a 2nd dose of the vaccination is recommended. This covers individuals who’ve already received the vaccination, but:
- Were pregnant
- Were younger than two years old
- Had a weak immune system
- Underwent a bone marrow transplant
- Were positive for HIV/AIDS
If you’re unsure whether you need another dose before your trip, please contact us for clarification.
Who should not get the yellow fever vaccine in Dartford?
Despite the fact that the yellow fever vaccine is highly recommended, some people may not be able to get it.
The following people are unable to get the vaccine:
- Infants under the age of six months.
- People with a compromised immune system, like leukaemia or lymphoma patients.
- People who have had their immune systems weakened by steroid and chemotherapy treatment.
- Those who are allergic to any of the vaccine’s ingredients, including eggs.
- People who had a bad reaction to a previous dose of yellow fever vaccine.
- Those who have had their thymus gland removed or who suffer from thymus gland disease.
- People over the age of 60 who are travelling to locations where immunisation is not recommended.
- Anyone with a close relative who’s had a serious reaction to the vaccination, such as brain or other organ damage.
In which countries is the yellow fever vaccine required?
Travellers from countries where yellow fever is present are frequently required to produce proof of immunisation when visiting countries where transmission may occur (and sometimes for those passing through these countries).
Does the vaccine have side effects?
Those who haven’t been vaccinated are more likely than those who have to suffer harmful consequences.
Following vaccination, one in every three people may have the following side effects:
- A headache
- Muscle ache
- An increase in temperature
- Pain around the injection site
These adverse effects are usually gone within two weeks.
In rare cases, more serious side effects, such as an allergic response to one of the vaccine’s constituents, may develop.
Can I travel without the yellow fever vaccine?
A pharmacist may decide not to vaccinate you if there is a risk of major complications from the immunisation. A similar scenario may apply if the risk of severe vaccination side effects is deemed to be greater than the risk of disease. A medical exemption certificate can be provided in specific situations if the risk of illness is deemed low. Only with your approval should this be done.
- A certificate of medical exemption is only good for one trip.
- When travelling, avoid mosquito bites because the vaccine will not protect you against malaria.
- You will have to be re-evaluated on subsequent journeys.
Visit us today to get your vaccine before travelling. We also offer antimalarials and other travel essentials in-store.
This blog post was written on behalf of Hodgson Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor