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Yellow Fever Vaccination Miami

What You Need to Know:

Yellow Fever is a serious disease caused by the Yellow Fever Virus. It is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot be spread directly from person to person. It is found in certain parts of Africa and South America.

Yellow Fever can cause
              - fever and flu-like illness
              - jaundice (yellow skin or eyes)
             -  liver, kidney, respiratory and other organ system failure
             -  vomiting blood
             -  death

People with Yellow Fever Disease usually have to be hospitalized.

How can I prevent Yellow Fever?

Yellow Fever Vaccine can prevent Yellow Fever. The Yellow Fever Vaccination is available in our Miami office.

After receiving the Yellow Fever Vaccine, you should receive a International Certificate of Vaccination (yellow card) that has been validated by the vaccination center. The certificate becomes valid in 10 days after vaccination and lasts for 10 years.

Be certain to consult the CDC's website to learn the travel requirements for different countries and discuss your travel itinerary with the nurse, physician assistant or doctor prior to receiving the vaccine.

Other Ways to Prevent Yellow Fever Infection:

             -  wear effective mosquito repellent on skin and clothing
             -  remain in well screened areas
             -  wear clothes that cover most of the body

Who Should Receive the Yellow Fever Vaccine?

              -  persons 9 months of age or older traveling to or living in a country requiring
                 Yellow Fever vaccination for certain travelers
              -  persons 9 months of age or older traveling to or living in a country not requiring
                 but is located in an area where the risk of Yellow Fever is known to exist.
              -  if you continue to live or travel in Yellow Fever - endemic areas, you should
                 receive a booster dose of Yellow Fever vaccine after 10 years.

Who Should NOT Receive the Yellow Fever vaccination?

             -  people allergic to eggs, chicken, gelatin or to a previous Yellow Fever vaccine
             -  infants younger than 9 months of age
             -  pregnant woman and those that are breast feeding should avoid or postpone
                travel to a Yellow Fever area. If travel is unavoidable discuss vaccination with
                your obstetrician, pediatrician and travel doctor.

Check With Your Doctor Before Receiving Yellow Fever Vaccination and Notify the
doctor if:

             -  you are allergic to eggs, gelatin or chicken
             -  you have HIV, AIDS or any other disease that effects your immune system
             -  you have been under treatment for 2 weeks or more with drugs that effect
                your immune system such as steroids.
             -  you have any kind of cancer
             -  you are taking cancer treatment with xrays or any kinds of drugs
             -  your thymus gland has been removed, or you have a history of problems with
                your thymus, such as Myasthenia Gravis, DeGeorge syndrome or thymoma
             - if you are 65 years of age or older, discuss with your doctor the risks and
                benefits of vaccination in the context of your risk for exposure to Yellow Fever 
                virus based upon your travel destination

If you are unable to receive the Yellow Fever Vaccination for a medical reason and proof of vaccination is required for your travel, the doctor can give you a waiver letter. When planning to use a waiver letter, you should also obtain specific advice from the embassy of the country or countries you plan to visit.

What Are the Risks fro Yellow Fever Vaccine?

Any vaccine, like all other medications can cause severe allergic reactions. The risk of a vaccine causing serious harm or death is extremely small.

Mild Problems From Yellow Fever Vaccine Include:

             -  soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site
             -  fever
             -  aches

If these problems occur they usually occur soon after the vaccine and last 5-10 days. In studies they occurred in as many as 25% of those who received the vaccine.

Severe Problems From Yellow Fever Vaccine Include:

             -  life threatening, allergic reaction (1 per every 131,000 doses)
             -  severe nervous system reactions (1 per every 150,000 - 250,000 doses)
             -  life threatening severe illness with major organ system failure
                (1 per every 200,000 - 300,000 doses or 1 per every 40,000 to 50,000 doses
                 60 years of age or older). More than half of the people that suffer these side
                 effects die)

What If There Is a Moderate or Severe Reaction?

              -  Look for any unusual condition such as high fever, behavior changes or
                 flu-like symptoms that occur 1 to 30 days after the vaccination. Signs of
                 an allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing , hoarseness or wheezing, 
                 hives, paleness or weakness, a fast heartbeat, or dizziness within a few
                 minutes to a few hours after the injection.

What Should I do?

               -  Call a doctor or get the person to a doctor right away
               -  Tell your doctor what happened, the date and time it happened, and when
                   the vaccination was given
               -  Ask the clinic that administered the vaccine to save any left over vaccine,
                  and the vaccine vial and to record the lot number
               -  Ask your doctor to report the reaction by completing an adverse event form
              

*Information Obtained From the Center For Disease Control Website