We are registered with the South African Society of Travel Medicine and are licensed to administer yellow fever immunisations. Our yellow fever clinic is licensed by the Department of Health.
Travel services include the following:
- Pre-travel consultation
- Travel-related vaccinations (Yellow fever/Meningitis/Tetanus/Typhoid fever/Hepatitis A and B/Rabies etc.)
- Booster immunisations
- Preventative medicine and advice for Malaria prophylaxis
- Advice on medication needed when travelling
- Post travel consultations
- Waiver letter if any contra-indications to yellow fever vaccination.
Schedule an appointment, if possible, at least 4-6 weeks before travel, as some immunisations will need more than one dosage or may only be effective 10 to 14 days after administration. Complete the pre-travel questionnaire before your visit to ensure all the necessary vaccines are available.
Yellow fever is an influenza-like illness carried by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which also carry the dengue and Zika viruses. It is a potentially fatal virus. Characterised by a high fever and jaundice. Jaundice causes yellowing of the skin and eyes, hence the name “yellow” fever.
In certain regions of Africa and South America, this disease is prevalent. Large epidemics of yellow fever occur when infected individuals introduce the virus into densely populated areas with a high mosquito population and where the majority of the population has little or no immunity due to a lack of vaccination. While yellow fever is incurable, you can prevent it through vaccination. A single dose of the yellow fever vaccine is enough to confer permanent immunity and protection against yellow fever. An additional dose of the vaccine is unnecessary.
To prevent the spread of yellow fever, travellers entering and exiting affected countries must be immunised against the virus. Vaccinated travellers must still take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. This will provide additional protection against not only yellow fever but also malaria and dengue fever, both of which are transmitted by mosquitoes.