Travel Vaccines - International Travel Vaccines Centre
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Yellow fever is a serious disease, that occurs in parts of Africa and some South American countries. It is transmitted by the female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and may carry high mortality.

Vaccination can be required before visiting some parts of Africa and South America considered to be endemic zones. This is to stop the disease spreading into other countries and to protect the travellers themselves.

The Yellow Fever Vaccination is not available through many family doctors and travellers usually must visit approved  Yellow Fever Vaccination centres to have the Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow Fever is caused by a virus and spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus causes sudden onset of fever, four days after the bite. Most cases are mild, last less than a week, and the person makes a full recovery. Sometimes it is more serious. The liver can be damaged leading to jaundice - a yellowish tinge to the skin. Hence the name 'yellow' fever. It may cause joint pain and vomiting.

Eventually the clotting system fails and bleeding occurs from the nose, gums, stomach and skin.(Hemorrhagic Fever) Up to ten percent of sufferers will die.

In indigenous populations in endemic areas the fatality is about 5%. For travellers to rural parts of yellow-fever risk areas, the risk of contracting infection is high and the case fatality rate can approach 50%, even if the country has not officially reported the disease and does not require evidence of immunisation on entry.

The incubation period is generally 3 to 6 days but may be longer. Death usually occurs 7 to 10 days after the onset of the illness.
Yellow fever is difficult to recognize, especially during the early stages, and can be easily confused with diseases including malaria, typhoid, rickettsial diseases, hemorrhagic viral fevers, dengue fever, and viral hepatitis. Diagnosis of yellow fever requires a blood test and trained staff using specialized equipment and materials.There is no specific treatment for yellow fever.

Current estimates indicate 200,000 yellow fever cases with 30,000 deaths each year, and almost all in sub-Saharan Africa where over 460 million people in 33 countries are at risk of infection.

Yellow Fever Certificates and Stamps After 15 Dec 2007

Yellow Fever is a disease that is subject to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR)
On 15 December 2007 new requirements outlined by the WHO came into force and clinics in Australia are now required to use the "International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis" and an Australian Government Approved stamp that includes a registration number unique to the clinic that administers the vaccination.

All certificates issued after 15 December 2007 are in this updated format.

The Yellow Fever certificates last for 10 years –

Old style certificates are valid for ten years from the date of vaccination if they are dated up to and including 14 December 2007. After 15 December you the new certificate is required. Yellow Fever certificates entry should show date of vaccinations, effective date and the expiry date of vaccination

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Your health when you go overseas is important - whether you are travelling on a holiday, visiting your friends and relatives, going on a business trip or looking for adventure. Getting individual care and advice based on your itinerary can ensure you have a good trip and come home healthy.

The International Travel Vaccination Centre (ITVC) is a well established travel vaccination centre with over 15 years experience. We provide a full vaccination service and are Yellow Fever accredited.

Our doctors have completed the Certificate of Travel Health through the International Society of Travel Medicine (ITSM) and are specialised in delivering travel health and vaccination advice.