The World Health Organisation reports that there are about 200,000 cases of yellow fever, resulting in 30,000 fatalities, worldwide each year. The most important step in preventing yellow fever is a yellow fever vaccination prior to travel.
The yellow fever jab is available at your local Superdrug travel health and yellow fever centre. You need to arrange your vaccine for a date at least ten days before you travel. Once you have received the vaccine, you are protected for ten years. After ten years, you will require a booster before travelling into a risk area again.
Before entering a yellow fever area, you may be required to produce a yellow fever certificate, which is called the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP). Other risk destinations may not ask you for a certificate, but if visiting a risk area you still need to have the vaccination. Please bear in mind, your yellow fever certificate will only become valid ten days after the injection.
The side effects of the yellow fever vaccine are usually mild and temporary. They involve headache, a mild fever and muscle pain. Some patients report that the injection site feels sore.