The Do’s and Don’ts of Yellow Fever

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Yellow fever is a dangerous mosquito-borne viral disease. It’s most commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical regions but is becoming more common in urban areas, too. Read on to ensure you are adequately prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones against this treacherous disease.

The Do’s

Do Get Vaccinated

The best and most crucial step in preventing yellow fever is getting the yellow fever vaccine. You’ll get a high level of protection with the added benefit of creating herd immunity, which can greatly benefit those who are unable to get the vaccine.

Do Consult a Health Care Professional

As we’ve mentioned, in some areas of the world, yellow fever is more common. So, if you are traveling to one of these destinations, it’s a good idea to consult with a travel health specialist before you go. They can provide personalized advice on vaccines, medication, and precautions to help keep you safe on your travels.


Do Use Mosquito Repellent

As this disease is spread by mosquitos, you should cover any exposed skin with mosquito repellent. Repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus will be the most effective.

Do Wear Protective Clothing

This is especially important during times of the year or areas where mosquitos are more likely to be present. Wear long-sleeved T-shirts, long trousers and closed-toe shoes. Your clothing can act as a physical barrier and make you less of a target to those pesky mosquitos.

Do Stay Hydrated

In the fight against yellow fever, it’s important to stay well hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of clean water and avoid getting dehydrated.

The Don’ts

Don’t Leave Gaps in Your Vaccination Record

When you get vaccinated for yellow fever, it’s important you get a certificate to show this. Not only does this mean you can travel to certain countries where yellow fever is more common, but it also helps you to keep track of whether you’re uptodate with vaccinations.

Don’t Assume Mosquitos Are Harmless

Remember that any mosquito can carry diseases like yellow fever. Don’t assume that because you’re in a scenic place or a place where yellow fever is less common, you’re safe from mosquito-borne illnesses.

Don’t Ignore Symptoms

If you do contract yellow fever, it’s important to act fast. If you experience symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), you should seek medical care immediately. The symptoms are similar to those of the flu; however, yellow fever can progress incredibly rapidly, so if you have any concerns, you should get diagnosed as early as possible.

Don’t Let Fear Stop Your Plans

While it’s essential to be cautious, you can’t stop living your life or let the fear of yellow fever stop you from doing things you want to do and visiting new places. With vaccination and by taking the precautions listed above, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy your life and your travel safely.

A little preparation and safeguarding can go a long way. By following these dos and don’ts, you can reduce the risk of contracting yellow fever.

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Saman Iqbal

Saman is a law student. She enjoys writing about tech, politics and the world in general. She's an avid reader and writes fictional prose in her free time.

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