Information for Travelers – Yellow Fever Vaccination
We were really not much aware of Yellow Fever Vaccination till a few months ago. It was an impending trip to Rwanda, one of the Eastern African countries that made us aware about Yellow Fever Vaccination and the WHO recommendations for travelers regarding Yellow Fever Vaccination. We found that Yellow Fever Vaccination is generally associated with two objectives, one is to prevent the international spread of the virus and the other, it is a requirement by specific countries.
What is Yellow Fever?
Yellow Fever is a viral infection that is spread by the bite of a female mosquito Aedes Aegypti which is found in the tropics and subtropics. The symptoms include fever, nausea, appetite loss, chills, and muscle pain. This disease is common in tropical areas of South America and Africa but is not found in Asia.
Prevention of Yellow Fever
There is a very safe Yellow Fever Vaccine available and is recommended for travelers traveling to affected or Yellow Fever Prone areas. It is found that the immunization takes effect after the 10th day of the Yellow Fever Vaccination. This means that you need to have been vaccinated at least 10 days prior to your travel and this indeed is one of the requirements that many countries prescribe too. The Yellow Fever Vaccination is considered very safe as out of an approximate 500 million doses given there are very few documented cases of illness because of the Yellow Fever Vaccination.
What are the Side Effects of Yellow Fever Vaccination
The Yellow Fever vaccination is considered quite safe and there are nil or mild side effects. The mild side effects of the Yellow Fever Vaccination may include fever, headache, muscle pain, rashes, and pain at the vaccination site. Those who are allergic to eggs need to consult their physician before getting the Yellow Fever Vaccination.
Why we took the Yellow Fever Vaccination?
We were traveling to Rwanda, a small country very close to the equator and located in East Africa, from our home country, India. One of the requirements we were informed for traveling to this country was a Yellow Fever Vaccination and a document that confirmed this, also the Yellow Fever Vaccination needed to be taken at least 10 days prior to travel. Though Rwanda is free from Yellow Fever and even CDC an arm of the US Ministry of Health does not actually recommend the Yellow Fever Vaccination for most travelers to Rwanda, it is advisable if one is going to be there for a long period and is also likely to be exposed to mosquitoes. However, as India requires proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination for people arriving from a country which is in the list of Risk of Yellow Fever countries, we took the Yellow Fever Vaccination.
List of Countries associated with Yellow Fever Risk – For travelers to India
Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, and Uganda.
Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad (Trinidad only), and Venezuela.
Note: When a case of yellow fever is reported from any country, that country is regarded by the government of India as a country with risk of YFV transmission and is added to the above list.
For a complete list of requirements and recommendations to travelers from and to different countries do refer to this wealth of information on the CDC website. This link also has comprehensive information on which countries require Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.
Yellow Fever Vaccination information Travelers should know
After establishing that we needed to get a Yellow Fever Vaccination before embarking on our adventures in Rwanda, we started researching on other aspects of the Yellow Fever Vaccination:
How long is the yellow fever vaccine good for?
The Yellow Fever Vaccine is supposed to provide immunity for a lifetime, however the certificates come with a validity of 10 years from the date of the taking the Yellow Fever Vaccine.
How is the yellow fever vaccine given?
The Yellow Fever Vaccine is given as a single intramuscular or subcutaneous injection and is not painful.
Where to take the Yellow Fever Vaccine in India?
Being located in Bangalore, we searched the internet for places where we could get ourselves vaccinated against Yellow Fever and actually did not get much information. Based on our search we zeroed in on only two options as under:
- Yellow Fever Vaccination at the Public Health Institute that is run by the Govt. Of Karnataka which costs INR 260 as per the information on the Karnataka Government website. It was required for us to take an appointment a couple of days prior to the vaccination. However, there was no response on the telephone number provided on the site. Also the vaccination is apparently given once a week on Wednesdays. We did not have enough time at our disposal as we needed to get vaccinated 10 days prior to travel and our travel date was drawing near. So we could not and did not go for this option.
The address of the center is as below:
Public Health Institute (Opposite: S.J.Polytechnique college), Near Atria Hotel/ K.R Circle, Bangalore-560001, Karnataka state, India. Telephone Number from India: 080-22210248 (very near to Maharani College). Days: Wednesday or next working day, if it is a Government Holiday
- The second option that we found through our internet research was Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, however, a number of phone calls resulted in a dead end as we came to know that they no longer provided the Yellow Fever Vaccination.
- We were left with the third and last option for getting the Yellow Fever Vaccination without which our travel would have to be aborted, also we were barely 12 days away from our travel date. We made a phone call to MM International Health Clinic situated in Domlur and were informed that the Yellow Fever Vaccination was available there and would cost us INR.5,500.
It was quite expensive as compared to what the State Government run institute was charging, but the only option we had was to go for this or cancel our travel. So of course, we went ahead and got the vaccination done. It took a few minutes for the actual vaccination and then we were given the standard WHO yellow booklet signed and sealed by the doctor who vaccinated us. The booklet also had information about the vaccination date and validity. The MM International Health Clinic, Bangalore can be contacted on this telephone number +91 80 33569340. Please note that original passports are required at the time of the vaccination.
Where to Get Yellow Fever Vaccination in Delhi
The International Inoculation Centre run by the New Delhi Municipal Council provides Yellow Fever Vaccination at a nominal cost of INR 300. It is available on Wednesdays and Fridays and one can book an online appointment here. Original passports are required at the time of the vaccination.The address of the centre is as below:
International Innoculation Centre(IIC)
Mandir Marg, Near St. Thomas School,
New Delhi – 110001
Telephone: 011 23362284
Where to Get Yellow Fever Vaccination in Mumbai
The Airport Health Organisation is the place to head to for your Yellow Fever Vaccination in Mumbai. The service is available on all weekdays from 10 AM to 5.30 PM. It is required to carry your original passport at the time of the vaccination along with confirmed ticket/Visa. The address of the centre is as under:
Airport Health Organization,
Next to Ambassador Sky Chef,
Sahar, Mumbai – 400099.
We hope this post answers many of the questions that arise in the minds of travelers about Yellow Fever and Yellow Fever Vaccination like:
- How much does it cost to get a Yellow Fever Vaccine?
- What are the side effects of yellow fever vaccine?
- How can you avoid getting yellow fever?
- Which countries require yellow fever vaccination certificate?
- Can you get yellow fever from the vaccine?
- How much does it cost to get travel vaccinations?
- Is there a vaccine for yellow fever?
- Is yellow fever a contagious disease?
- What is the cause of yellow fever?
- Is there a cure for yellow fever?
- What is the relation between WHO and Yellow fever?
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- What is the Yellow Fever Vaccination validity?
- Are there any Yellow fever vaccine side effects?
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