Home Ground Pharmacy
If you’re in need of a yellow fever vaccine in Swindon, look no further than Home Ground Pharmacy Travel Clinic. Our clinic offers a comprehensive range of vaccinations, including the yellow fever vaccine.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss what yellow fever is, who should be vaccinated against it, and how to book an appointment at our clinic.
Yellow fever is a serious viral disease, primarily occurring in humid and tropical countries. Its symptoms can resemble the flu, with high fever and muscle and joint aches. Those affected by yellow fever may also experience jaundice, giving the disease its name.
Mosquito bites transmit yellow fever, with infected mosquitoes spreading the virus after biting an infected human or monkey. Although yellow fever can cause epidemics in densely populated areas with low vaccination rates, it is not directly transmitted between humans.
Thankfully, an effective vaccination is available to prevent yellow fever.
If you plan to visit a tropical or subtropical country, you may need the yellow fever vaccine. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Central & South America, and the Caribbean typically fall within the yellow fever zone. You can find more information about countries with yellow fever vaccination requirements at the Travel Health Pro website.
Most people can safely receive the yellow fever vaccination, with some exceptions:
— Pregnant or breastfeeding women
— Babies under 9 months
— People over 60 years of age
— Individuals with weakened immune systems (e.g. those undergoing chemotherapy)
— Anyone allergic to the vaccine ingredients, including those with an egg allergy
— People with thymus gland conditions
For some of these conditions, it may be possible to obtain a certificate of exemption. However, pregnant or breastfeeding women and those with babies under 9 months should consider delaying their trips until vaccinations can be administered.
In some countries, yellow fever vaccinations are mandatory for entry. For example, if you’re going to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage. If you’re uncertain whether you need a yellow fever vaccination, contact the Home Ground Pharmacy Travel Clinic team for advice.
It’s crucial to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, even after receiving the yellow fever vaccination, as mosquitoes can transmit other diseases.
To book an appointment, use our online booking calendar or visit us for a walk-in appointment. Remember to schedule your yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before your trip.
At your appointment, our specially trained staff will provide a private consultation, discussing the procedure and potential side effects. Generally, side effects are mild, such as headaches or fevers lasting a few days.
The yellow fever vaccination consists of a single injection into the upper arm. It’s a single-dose vaccine that doesn’t require additional injections or follow-ups to be effective. The vaccination area may be tender for a couple of days after receiving the dose. You may experience some mild side effects.
Yellow fever vaccinations offer lifelong protection, though some individuals may need occasional booster doses. After receiving the vaccine, you’ll be issued a vaccination certificate.
Vaccination certificates are only available at certified Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres, such as Home Ground Pharmacy Travel Clinic. Our pharmacist will issue your vaccination certificate after administering the vaccine.
The certificate becomes valid 10 days after your vaccination, ensuring the vaccine has had time to become effective before you travel.