If you travel to a place where yellow fever is common, there is a highly efficient vaccine that can protect you from contracting the disease. The injection is administered to the upper arm. Even if you’ve received your vaccination, you should avoid mosquito bites since mosquitoes can transfer diseases like malaria that can kill. Keep reading to learn more about the yellow fever vaccine in Glenrothes.
Who should get the yellow fever vaccine in Glenrothes?
Yellow fever vaccination is suggested for everyone over the age of 9 travelling to:
- Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Central America, and Trinidad.
- A country where evidence of yellow fever vaccination is required.
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You should be immunised at least ten days ahead of your travel to provide enough time for the vaccine to take effect.
You must wait four weeks after receiving the MMR vaccine for yourself or your child before receiving the yellow fever vaccine.
If a 4-week gap cannot be kept, the yellow fever vaccine should be administered, but a second MMR dosage should be considered. Those who are still at risk for yellow fever can acquire the vaccine on their own.
Yellow fever vaccine for those over 60 years old
If you are in excellent health, understand the dangers of vaccination, and there is a real threat of yellow fever at your destination, you can get the yellow fever vaccine. Your pharmacist or doctor will discuss the probability of becoming sick at your destination as well as the vaccine’s potential adverse effects with you. This is to help you determine whether or not you should get the vaccination.
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How many years does the vaccine in Glenrothes last?
The yellow fever vaccine protects most people against contracting the illness for as long as they are alive.
Only a small fraction of travellers going to countries where yellow fever is a threat should get a second dose of the vaccine. This includes people who have already been immunised but:
- Were pregnant
- They were less than two years old
- Had a bone marrow transplant afterwards
- Were suffering from HIV/AIDS
- Had a compromised immune system
If you are uncertain whether you require another dose before travelling, please contact us.
Who is ineligible for the vaccine?
Even if they have been advised to, some persons are unable to receive the yellow fever vaccine.
The vaccination is not available to the following people:
- Infants under six months of age.
- People with weaker immune systems, like lymphoma or leukaemia patients.
- Patients with impaired immune systems as a result of steroid or chemotherapy treatment.
- Those who are allergic to any of the vaccine’s ingredients, particularly those who are allergic to eggs.
- People who had a bad reaction to a past yellow fever vaccine dosage.
- People who have had their thymus gland removed surgically or who have thymus gland illness.
- Anyone above the age of 60 who goes to areas where yellow fever immunisation is not required.
- Close relatives of those who’ve had a severe vaccine reaction, like brain or organ damage.
In which countries is yellow fever vaccination required?
Travellers from areas where yellow fever is prevalent (and sometimes those passing through such nations) are frequently asked to provide proof of immunisation.
Side effects of the yellow fever vaccine
Those who haven’t been vaccinated against yellow fever are more prone to severe symptoms than those who have.
Following vaccination, one in every three people develops:
- A headache
- Muscle pain
- A temperature increase
- Pain or discomfort at the injection site
These adverse effects usually go away within two weeks.
In extremely rare situations, a person may experience more serious side effects, such as an allergic response to a vaccine component.
Medical Exemption Certificates
A medical expert will refuse to provide the vaccine if there is a contraindication to it. The same situation could develop if it is assessed that the risk of major vaccination side effects surpasses the risk of disease. If the danger of illness is assessed to be low, a medical exemption certificate may be provided. Only with your approval should this be done.
- Medical exemption certificates are only good for one trip.
- Avoid mosquito bites as much as you can when travelling, as the vaccine will not prevent you from any potential diseases.
- You should perhaps reconsider your travel plans in the future and tailor them to your medical requirements.
Book your appointment to get your yellow fever vaccine in Glenrothes today!