Yellow fever prevention with the yellow fever vaccine

What is yellow fever?

Infected mosquitoes carry yellow fever and pass it onto humans through their bites. Yellow fever is a viral disease that has no known cure; the World Health Organisations says that half of those who develop serious symptoms die within ten days. It is thought that the number of people who do develop serious symptoms is a relatively low percentage.


Why is it called “yellow” fever?

Yellow fever affects your kidneys and liver, sometimes resulting in jaundice. Jaundice turns your skin yellow, hence the name yellow fever.


What are the symptoms of yellow fever?

Symptoms of the fever present within 3-6 days, though some people won’t experience symptoms.


The symptoms of yellow fever include:

  • nausea with or without vomiting

  • fever

  • muscle pain

  • headache

  • fatigue

  • backache

  • loss of appetite


As stated above, some develop serious symptoms, which leads to a 50% fatality risk. These symptoms are known as the toxic phase.


Symptoms of the toxic phase are:

  • jaundice

  • abdominal pain

  • vomiting

  • dark urine

  • bleeding from facial orifices and stomach

What countries require the yellow fever vaccine?

The World Health Organisation recommends that people travelling to the following countries should get the yellow fever vaccine due to the risk of contracting the disease while visiting these countries:



In Africa:

  • Angola

  • Benin

  • Burkina Faso

  • Burundi

  • Cameroon

  • Central African Republic

  • Chad

  • Congo

  • CôtedʼIvoire

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Equatorial Guinea

  • Ethiopia

  • Gabon

  • Gambia

  • Ghana

  • Guinea

  • Guinea-Bissau

  • Kenya

  • Liberia

  • Mali

  • Mauritania

  • Niger

  • Nigeria

  • Rwanda

  • Senegal

  • Sierra Leone

  • Sudan

  • South Sudan

  • Togo

  • Uganda

In America:

  • Argentina

  • Bolivia

  • Brazil

  • Colombia

  • Ecuador

  • French Guiana

  • Guyana

  • Suriname

  • Trinidad (Trinidad only)

  • Panama

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Venezuela

Visit The World Health Organisation for more information.


Why should I get the yellow fever vaccine?

We certainly recommend that all who travel to at-risk yellow fever countries should get the yellow fever vaccine. Why? The vaccination protects more than 99% of people (within 30 days of being vaccinated) against the disease. The yellow fever vaccination also provides life-long protection.


Yellow fever is a preventable yet incurable disease. So, prevention is the best method.


If that isn't reason enough, some countries may deny you entry if you’re unvaccinated and have recently been to an at-risk country. Australia will allow entry, but they will ask you questions to determine your risk of having the disease.


We are an accredited Yellow Fever Centre.


Here at The Clinic, we have a Travel Clinic and are an accredited Yellow Fever Centre.


If you are travelling soon and would like advice on what travel vaccinations or medicines you should get, book an appointment to see one of our doctors.


Call us on 9721 1400 or book an appointment online. If booking an appointment online, make sure you bring along your pre-filled travel assessment form.



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