We’re now accredited by the Department of Health to immunise travellers against yellow fever.
Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne virus that creates flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and headaches. It can be deadly to a small percentage of people.
It gets its name from the colour an infected person’s skin turns in serious cases (known as ‘jaundice’).
Yellow fever is widespread in Africa, Central and South America. People travelling to these regions need to provide a WHO international certificate of vaccination to re-enter Australia on their return.
The vaccine is incredibly effective, lasts a lifetime and is quite affordable. Those not eligible for the vaccine include:
- people younger than nine months and those over 60 years old
- pregnant or breastfeeding mothers
- immunosuppressed people.
If ineligible, your doctor needs to provide a letter stating why you’re exempt from receiving the vaccine.
If you’re planning to travel to high-risk regions, you’ll need to book an appointment with your GP. While you’re there, your GP can advise you on other vaccines and precautions required for the specific region.
We recommend you get vaccinated at least two weeks before travel.