The yellow fever vaccine is an important part of traveling internationally. Consult with your doctor 4 to 6 weeks prior to your trip for instruction.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, it is essential to research whether the country you will travel to requires proof of having received this vaccine as they can only be administered by a registered provider at least 10 days before the trip.
As stated by the Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection, yellow fever is an infectious disease that is transmitted by infected mosquitos and is endemic in the tropical areas of Africa and Latin America. The vaccine is the most important, safe, accessible, and efficient method of prevention and offers protection for 35 years or more.
There are 45 countries in Africa and Latin America where this disease is endemic, putting a total of 900 million inhabitants at risk. In Africa alone, there are 32 countries at risk. The remaining population that is at risk is in Latin American 13 countries; with Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru being the most at risk.
The symptoms of yellow fever include: fever, headaches, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.