Yellow fever is a viral illness which is most commonly spread into the blood stream by mosquitos and is most commonly found in parts of sub-Saharan Africa & South America. The virus which causes the disease is one of a group of viruses known as arboviruses (arthropod borne viruses).
The illness can cause fever, headaches, abdominal pain and vomiting and damage to the blood vessels and signs of liver and kidney failure. Liver failure is associated with jaundice hence the name "yellow fever". Many yellow fever infections go unrecognised and those who do recover do so completely and are immune thereafter. However, severe and life threatening illness is not uncommon and Overall about 5% of Yellow Fever patients die
There is currently no cure for yellow fever but fortunately it is one of the few arboviruses where vaccination is available.
All travellers going to endemic areas will require a yellow fever vaccination certificate and travellers going to some parts of Asia will also require a certificate. This certificate is mandatory for entry into certain countries; in particular East Africa. It is recommended that the traveller carries the certificate along with his or her passport when travelling to and from countries.
The yellow fever vaccination can only be given at designated and registered centres. IGP is a registered yellow fever centre and will issue you with your international certificate of vaccination.
You will need to have the yellow fever vaccine a minimum of 10 days before you are due to travel. This is because your certificate is only valid 10 days after your vaccination and then remains valid for 10 years. Although they maybe able to travel to the country, assuming that they are not stopping at any point in a country that although requires a Yellow fever certificate.
If you cannot be vaccinated against yellow fever for medical reasons (or for infants aged under nine months), your GP may be able to issue you with a medical waiver letter. This will explain why you are unable to have the vaccine. The letter should be written on headed notepaper, including the practice details. It may be accepted by some immigration authorities.
If you lose your certificate, you may be able to get another one re-issued as long as you have details of the vaccination batch number and the date that you had the vaccination.
If you're travelling from an area where there's a risk of yellow fever without a valid yellow fever certificate, immigration officials are legally entitled to quarantine travellers for a period of at least seven days at the point of arrival into a country.
Information: This vaccine is only suitable for those over 9 months and under 61 years of age.
If you are unsure which vaccines you require for an upcoming trip IGP provide a travel telephone consultation with a trained practice Nurse to advise on the vaccine requirements for your upcoming travel. During this appointment the Nurse will conduct a detailed assessment and create a schedule of your required vaccinations.
On booking your travel consultation you will receive an email confirming your appointment details with a link to a 'Travel Risk Assessment Form' that we ask you to completed prior to your appointment.
Time: 10 minutes
Cost: £30 (Discounted from the total cost of any future vaccines administered)
Please note that vaccine cost is the cost per dose to have the vaccine with a nurse and not a GP. There is an additional fee of £25 for the vaccine to be administered by a GP. The number of doses required indicates the number of doses for a standard course. An accelerated course can impact the number of doses required. It is strongly advised that you leave plenty of time to complete the course before your trip. Some vaccination courses, with more than one vaccine required, may take up to a month or longer and many vaccinations will not become fully effective until weeks after the course completion. The brand of vaccine we supply may also vary depending on the current supply status of a particular vaccine.
If you cancel your appointment 24 hours before it starts, then you will receive a full refund. However, If you cancel your appointment within the 24-hour period before the appointment is due, then you will be liable to pay the cost of the consultation. If you do need to reschedule please contact us as soon as possible.
We want to ensure that all of our patients receive the information they need to make an informed decision about their healthcare. If you have any questions or if you require assistance with anything, please let us know.