What Should I Know about Yellow Fever Vaccination?

Q:
What should I know about yellow fever vaccination?

A:
People take vaccination to prevent diseases. Before you take the yellow fever vaccine, you should know basics about it first.
In general, the target group of the vaccine are:
 people who aged above 9 months
 people who will expose to yellow fever virus in areas like Africa
Those who may be allergic to the vaccine or be pregnant should consult the doctors first.

All vaccinations have side effects and yellow fever vaccination is not the exception. After you took the vaccination, you may have:

  • confusion
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • coughing
  • difficulty with breathing or swallowing
  • speeding up heartbeat
  • burning, crawling, or tingling of the skin
  • nervousness or irritability
  • reddening of the ski
  • severe headache
  • skin rash or itching
  • sneezing
  • stiffness in the neck
  • throbbing in the ears
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Less common side effects include:

  •  difficulty with moving
  • joint pain
  • low fever or mild fever
  • mild headache
  • muscle aching or cramping
  •  pain at the injection site
  •  swollen joints

If you have other symptoms or if the above symptoms are unendurable, you should see your doctor.

 

Key words: yellow fever vaccination; side effects; yellow fever.

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