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Yellow Fever - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Yellow Fever? Symptoms : Diagnosis Treatment Here are some instances where you shouldn’t get vaccinated for yellow fever:

What is Yellow Fever?

Infected mosquitoes generally spread yellow fever to humans. Contaminated syringes are the only way humans can transmit the infection to each other. It can’t be transmitted directly from one person to another. Sevearl mosquito species can transmit the virus responsible for causing yellow fever. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes in urban areas as well as jungles. Monkeys can also get infected by this virus. The skin becomes yellow due to liver damage.

Symptoms :

The initial symptoms may not appear in few people while others may get the symptoms within six days of being bit. There are three phases in yellow fever. The first one lasts up to four days and has symptoms of flu like headache, vomiting, chills, fever and muscle aches. Remission is the next phase and lasts up to 48 hours. Most people recover during this phase. However a toxic third phase might be there for few people. Viral hemorrhagic fever may develop and internal bleeding, high fever and kidney and liver damage may take place. It may cause multiple organs to stop functioning due to shock and may cause death.


Blood tests and checking the symptoms should suffice to detect yellow fever. It may have overlapping symptoms with other tropical diseases like typhoid and malaria.


As it has no cure, treating the symptoms can bring relief. Hospitalization may be required and drugs like aspirin (which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) shouldn’t be taken as it may worsen internal bleeding. You should get vaccinated before travelling to places where the incidences of yellow fever are high. Tropical areas like Latin America and Africa have mandatory vaccinations before you enter the country.


The vaccine for yellow fever isn’t suitable for everyone. It may result in serious complications in some people. Attempts to make a safer killed vaccine for yellow fever are under way.

Here are some instances where you shouldn’t get vaccinated for yellow fever:

  • If your immune system is compromised, in instances like HIV
  • If you have thymus gland issues or cancer
  • If your treatment for other conditions can affect the immunity, like steroids
  • If you are above 65 years.
  • If you are breastfeeding or pregnant
  • If your child is under one year of age.
  • If you have had severe allergic reactions to chicken, gelatin, eggs or a previous yellow fever vaccine.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi Sir, I am working in afghanistan international airport, October 26th I'll come in India. Needed yellow fever injection. Could you please arrange for me and how much cost? Thanks please reply to me.

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Yellow fever vaccine is a vaccine that protects against yellow fever. Yellow fever is a viral infection that occurs in africa and south america. Most people begin to develop immunity within ten days and 99 percent are protected within one month of...

Sir, I am going to foreign on study tour so I want to international health card for visa. Please suggest me about it and about the yellow fever vaccination that I took for it.

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Yes you have to took yellow fever vaccines, health card is nothing but to ensure that you didn't have std, hiv, hep b or c infection,

I am 19 years old, I just had a yellow fever vaccine shot .i am inquiring whether it will hurt and what I can do if it does?

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The complications associated are 1.fever with aches 2.soreness 3.redness 4.swelling these are usually begin soon after shot. Occur 1 :4 may last upto one week.

My ear discharges some foul smelling yellow-coloured puss everyday. What could be the reason? Please suggest some medicines or precautions and help me.

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It may be because of Chronic Otitis media. And it is completely treated by homoeopathic medicines. But proper consultation is advisable. You may take pulsatilla 30 tds for 3 days. Report after 1 week.

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