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About yellow fever
Yellow fever is a severe and potentially deadly disease that has become increasingly common in the UK in recent years. The virus is spread through infected mosquitoes and can cause severe symptoms, including fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. In rare cases, it can even lead to death.
You can take preventive measures if you travel abroad to areas where yellow fever is present, like Africa or South America. Vaccination is recommended for travellers over one-year-old heading to these regions and anyone who lives near an endemic area or works with infected animals like monkeys. Additionally, it's essential to take precautions against mosquito bites by wearing long sleeve clothing outdoors and using insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin for extra protection.
How can you get yellow fever?
Transmission of YF occurs in three cycles:
Jungle: occurring in tropical rainforests of Africa and South America. The transmission cycle occurs between monkeys and jungle-breeding mosquitoes. Humans can become infected when they live or work in areas where this cycle occurs.
Savannah (Africa only): occurs in the moist savannah regions where humans live and work close to the monkey population. The transmission cycle occurs between monkeys and humans, spread via infected mosquitoes.
Urban: following infection during the jungle cycle, infected humans can introduce the virus to urban areas with a high population density. Virus transmission occurs between humans in areas where the domesticated mosquito vector (i.e. those that breed around human habitation) is present.
Once infected with the virus, the mosquito remains infectious for life (two to three months). Generally, mosquito species are most active during high rainfall, both in the jungle and urban environments. YF virus can survive very dry conditions in mosquito eggs, which hatch once a water collection is replenished. This can result in YF outbreaks in urban and rural areas, even during the drier months.
Available service options
£76.99 per patient
The yellow fever vaccine offers lifelong protection against yellow fever.
£20 per patient
With this service option, if you have had the yellow fever vaccine in the past but have lost your certificate, we can issue you a replacement certificate as long as you have proof of the initial vaccination (e.g., a picture of the original certificate).
Number of doses required and when to boost
Number of doses
When to boost
Protection is lifelong in most people. However, some people may need a booster.
Certificate valid ten days post-vaccination.
Not sure what service option you need?
If you are unsure which vaccines you need for your holiday, why not take advantage of our travel health advice service? This service includes a personalised telephone consultation to determine your travel health requirements, including vaccination, altitude sickness, jet lag, period delay, travellers' diarrhoea and antimalarials.
High risk areas for yellow fever
Yellow fever is found in:
Parts of sub-Saharan Africa (the area below the Sahara desert)
Parts of South America
Parts of Central America
Trinidad (in the Caribbean)
It is not found in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands.
To find out if yellow fever is a risk where you're travelling to or if the country you're visiting requires a vaccination certificate, see:
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Frequently asked questions
How long before I travel do I need to have the yellow fever vaccine?
You must have the vaccine ten days before travelling to give it enough time to work. Your certificate will only be valid after this time.
Can I have the MMR and yellow fever vaccines at the same time?
If you or your child has had the MMR vaccine, you or they ideally need to wait at least four weeks before having the yellow fever vaccine.
Is the yellow fever vaccine available for free on the NHS?
No, the yellow fever vaccine is not available on the NHS. The vaccine and certificate are only available from registered yellow fever vaccination centres like Midway Pharmacy.
Do I need a booster dose for the yellow fever vaccine?
No, the vaccine provides lifelong protection for most travellers, so you will not usually need a booster dose.
What are the symptoms of yellow fever?
The first symptoms of yellow fever usually develop 3 to 6 days after being infected. They include:
a high temperature
feeling sick or vomiting
muscle pain and backache
your eyes are sensitive to light
loss of appetite and feeling generally unwell
Up to 1 in 4 people go on to get more severe symptoms, such as:
yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes or ears
vomiting blood or blood in poo
I have been abroad, and I may have yellow fever. What should I do?
See a doctor immediately if you get yellow fever symptoms while travelling in an area where the infection is found. If you get symptoms after recently returning from one of these areas, contact a GP or NHS 111 for advice as soon as possible.
Tell them where you have been travelling, whether you think a mosquito has bitten you, and what symptoms you have. You may need to have a blood test to check for the infection.
Do I need a yellow fever certificate for my holiday?
Some countries require a certificate showing you have been vaccinated before you're allowed entry. This is known as an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP).
All vaccination certificates are now valid for life, including older ones with an expiry date. You'll be given a certificate when you're vaccinated at a yellow fever vaccination centre.
Check the country information on the TravelHealthPro website or with a yellow fever vaccination centre to see if you need a certificate for the area you're visiting.
If you lose your certificate, you may be able to get another one reissued if you have a copy showing full details of the vaccination batch number and the date you had the vaccination.
Where can I get a yellow fever vaccine?
The yellow fever vaccine and vaccination certificates are only available from registered yellow fever vaccination centres. This service is available at our branches, and next-day appointments are available.
How long does the yellow fever vaccine last?
The yellow fever vaccine provides lifelong protection for most people.
A further dose of vaccine is recommended for a small number of travellers who are visiting yellow fever risk areas, including those who were previously vaccinated when they were:
under two years old
living with HIV
had a weakened immune system
before having a bone marrow transplant
Rarely, a further dose of vaccine may also be advised if there's a concern about the traveller's risk of yellow fever, for example, if they're working or living for some time in a high-risk area.
Book our travel health and advice service if you're not sure you need another dose before travelling.
How much is the yellow fever vaccine?
The yellow fever vaccine is not available for free on the NHS, so you'll have to pay for it. It typically costs around £60 to £85.
What are the side effects of the yellow fever vaccine?
The yellow fever vaccine can cause some side effects, but the risk of not being vaccinated usually outweighs the risk of having side effects.
After having the vaccine, up to 1 in every 3 people get:
a raised temperature
soreness at the injection site
These side effects usually pass within two weeks. Rarely a person can get more severe side effects, including an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients in the vaccine.
A very rare side effect of the vaccine can cause problems with the brain or other organs, which can be fatal. This is more likely to affect:
people aged 60 or older
people with weakened immune systems
anyone who's had their thymus gland removed or has a thymus gland disorder
Get medical advice if you feel very unwell within a few days or weeks of having the yellow fever vaccine.
Where is this service available?
This service is available in our branches, which are commutable from anywhere in Yorkshire, including Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, York, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Hull, Doncaster, Ripon, Harrogate, Dewsbury, Keighley and Scarborough.
Are next-day appointments available?
Yes, you can get next-day appointments at all our branches. Contact our customer care team if you cannot find an available slot.
Next-day appointments are available at our branches.