YELLOW fever vaccine may be the last thing on many holidaymakers’ minds before they vacate to their exotic destination, but the jab can stop you getting the disease particularly if you’re travelling to an area where the infection is found. How long does the vaccination last and when do you need to get it?
Yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects the liver and kidneys, causing fever and jaundice and can be fatal.
The vaccine to prevent yellow fever is very effective and is given as an injection into your upper arm.
But how long does the vaccination last and when do you need to get it?
The yellow fever vaccine is recommended for people from the age of nine months who are travelling.
If you are travelling to most of sub-Saharan Africa, most of South America, and parts of Central America and the Caribbean it’s recommended you get it.
You should also have the yellow fever vaccine if you are travelling to a country that requires a certificate to prove you’ve been vaccinated against the disease. The Travel Health Pro website lists the countries where you need one.
But once you’ve had the yellow fever vaccine, how long does it last?
The NHS advises the yellow fever vaccine provides lifelong protection for most people.
It explains on its website: “Booster doses and new vaccination certificates used to be recommended every 10 years for people who continued to be at risk of the infection, but this is no longer necessary in most cases.
“All vaccination certificates are now valid for life, including older ones with an expiry date on them.”