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Yellow fever (YF) is caused by yellow fever virus (YFV)

Yellow fever is a fatal viral disease spread by the bite of a particular type of mosquito. The illness can be prevented through vaccination. Please consult your doctor about getting the vaccination.

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travel to endemic and transitional areas.

Vaccination schedule adapted from IAP* Advisory Committee of Vaccination & Immunization Practices (ACVIP) *Indian Academy of Pediatrics
What should you do if you miss the vaccination?
CATCH-UP VACCINATION

If you miss out the dose of these vaccinations during the stipulated time, you can consult with your doctor for a Catch-up Vaccination.

Did you know?
  • According to the CDC, around 30 to 60 per cent of people who develop yellow fever die.
  • The "yellow" in yellow fever refers to jaundice, one of the disease's fatal symptoms.
Don’t Delay!

Consult your paediatrician for more information on yellow fever vaccination.

What Is Yellow Fever?

Yellow fever is a fatal viral disease spread by a particular type of mosquito—Aedes aegypti—that also spreads dengue fever, chikungunya, and zika fever. The fever is difficult to diagnose in the early stages and can be confused with malaria or hepatitis. There is no listed cure for this disease. However, one can get some relief by managing symptoms and limiting complications.

How Is Yellow Fever Transmitted?

Yellow fever is transmitted through the mosquito's bite that carries the yellow fever virus. The mosquitos belonging to Aedes and Haemogogus species thrive in jungles, semi-domestic areas, and urban areas, where they transmit the virus to and fro between monkeys, humans, and both.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito gets this virus from humans or monkeys.When it bites an infected monkey or human, it also takes in the virus. When the infected mosquito bites any other human or monkey, it transfers the virus into the host, where it may cause illness.

Yellow fever does not spread from touch or skin-to-skin contact.

What Are the Symptoms and Complications of Yellow Fever?

Yellow fever takes at least three to six days to develop in the host body, and during this time, the person does not experience any symptoms. After three to six days, the host starts experiencing mild symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea, loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle ache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Red eyes, face or tongue

These symptoms usually last for a few days. If, after a few days, the symptoms return, then the illness takes the toxic phase and can be life-threatening. In severe cases, it can cause:

  • Liver and kidney failure
  • Bleeding from your nose, mouth and eyes
  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal pain and vomiting, sometimes blood
  • Brain dysfunction
When Should a Child Receive Vaccination for Yellow Fever?

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travel to endemic and transitional areas.

Children above nine months can take the yellow fever vaccine.

However, consult your doctor for more information.

What Are the Common Side Effects Associated with Yellow Fever Vaccination?

The possible side effects of the yellow fever vaccine may include fever, muscle ache, and soreness or swelling in the injected area.

If the side effects persist, please consult your doctor.

FAQs

Is there a cure for yellow fever?

There is no specific cure for yellow fever. However, it can be relieved by symptomatic treatment and prevented by vaccination.

A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India.

Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model. The disease representation icons/images and animation are for illustrative purpose only.

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The list of diseases mentioned here are the diseases featuring in the list of preventable diseases by IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) in their routine and catchup vaccination recommendations. There could be diseases beyond the list which could affect the child. Please consult your pediatrician for more information.
A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India. Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model.
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