A Yellow Fever Certificate is not just essential, but compulsory in some countries. You need to get one before heading off on any kind of adventurous travel. You’ll be asked for your Yellow Fever Certificate at some airports and a few land border crossings. Don’t take any risks. Get your Yellow Fever Injection before you head off round the world. I’m saying this because it’s better to have it in advance than suddenly decide you want to fly to Namibia in two weeks and you won’t have time to get a quick one. Of course if you’re not a nomad or a spontaneous traveller then you may not need one if you already know the countries you are going to and whether they are at risk or not.
I got my latest batch of injections in 2010 just before I headed to Africa and South America. I lived in Australia at the time and used The Travel Doctor in Parramatta. Some of these were just top up injections, but the Yellow Fever Injection was for the first time. Important things you need to know about the Yellow Fever Injection:
1. Countries will ask to see evidence of it at borders, both land and air. It’s better to be prepared for it and have your certificate ready. Why risk getting refused entry to a country?
2. Your will have to pay around $50 – $60 Dollars for your Yellow Fever Vaccination.
3. Trust exactly what your Travel Doctor has said and go with it. Don’t think twice about paying for it – you need to pay for these things and staying healthy on your travels is vital to you. So head to the travel doctor, take their advice and stick with it.
4. Your Yellow Fever Certificate needs to have an official stamp and a doctor’s signature on it. I have attached a photo of my stamp above.
5. Your Yellow Fever Certificate needs to be from an Accredited Yellow Fever Vaccine Centre.
6. Carry it with you everywhere you go – I say this again from self experience as I’m a tad nomadic – I might arrive in a country that you don’t need the Vaccine, then suddenly take the urge to visit the neighbouring one.
7. It should be valid for 10 years.
This is a very serious subject and therefore it’s important to check with your travel doctor and take his advice on it.
To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip it’s very important to know what injections you need.
Yes, I have built a lifestyle of travel, but I couldn’t do it without my Tuesday’s Travel Essentials and I certainly wouldn’t have risked doing Africa and parts of South America without having my Yellow Fever Certificate.
What is Yellow Fever? – A potentially deadly, fatal hemorrhagic disease consisting of fever, headache, vomiting, chills, nausea, muscle pain (in brief – you don’t want it!!)
How is it contracted? As with a lot of diseases, through a bite from a certain type of female mosquito (again, even after getting your vaccination, best to keep taking your malaria tablets, using insect repellent and taking all precautions against bites)
What countries are affected by Yellow Fever? Most of Africa and parts of South America and Asia.
What price is a Yellow Fever Vaccination? It depends where you are but imagine that it should be between $40 and $90 depending on where you are. Safe travels!