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do i really need yellow fever vaccination?

devon england
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do i really need yellow fever vaccination?

I am getting very mixed messages about whether or not we need YF jabs, I know that you need them if you come from a country which has YF, but obviously UK doesn't. does anyone have any strong feelings about this one???!!! I just feel that i am being filled up with chemicals at the moment and this is just one more to add to the mix

we are going to a Diani beach resort and 2 days safari.

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1. Re: do i really need yellow fever vaccination?

Not compulsory unless you are crossing a border (i.e. TZ, Uganda etc). I feel the same way as you about filling oneself up with unnecessary chemicals. Lots of threads on here about the YF injection if you search "yellow fever" but here's the most recent one:




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2. Re: do i really need yellow fever vaccination?

Hi Alex

Even if any vaccination is "recommended" and not compulsory, the problems arise if you were to contract the desease and you make a claim on your travel insurance, which could amount to thousands of pounds.

They will use any excuse to get out of paying out and will state that you did not take reasonable precautions beforehand by not having the recommended vaccinations.

Is this risk worth taking? Your health comes first!

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Coming from western countries direct (even if passing thru Europe) - US, UK, Canada, others - YF is recommended, but not compulsory. Nor is this jab required for re-entry to theese countries.

Unless traveling during same trip of soon after to other African countries as: Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, South Africa, other, where proof of YF required for entry... if you don't want the jab, don't have it.

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4. Re: do i really need yellow fever vaccination?

Hi, here is a post I made earlier. The simple facts.

"As stated, YF is not mandatory if arriving from UK.

There hasn’t been a REPORTED case of yellow fever in Kenya since 1996, BUT 85% of cases have mild flu/malaria like symptoms, which clears up in a few days, so is most unlikely be reported as YF. These cases then have immunity from the disease.

However, after a few days of remission, 15% of cases develop into a far more serious stage 2 of the disease, which has a 50% fatality rate. THERE IS NO CURE, Only palliative care for those who develop stage 2. So, the only sensible answer is HAVE THE JAB, be done with it; the cover is for 10yrs, which may be increased to life. You need to get the jab at least 10 days before travel to make it acceptable, preferably a little more to give time for any effects to wear off.

So it’s up to you. The only caveat is if you are allergic to eggs you should NOT have the jab. Also is not recommended for over 65s."

As suggested, your insurance may well be invalidated; insurance companies are notorious for finding reasons for not paying out.


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5. Re: do i really need yellow fever vaccination?

had ours today.we had strong feelings about having it but after a chat about it to the doctor he convinced us its best to have it.he allso told us if we did not have it we might as well travel without insurance because the insurance would be invalid because yf is highly reccomended.hope this helps.

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