Shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine

News at Heathrow 03/12/2013

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Stocks are very low

The amount of yellow fever vaccine available for those looking for some winter sun has caused problems in hospitals and health centres in the run up to the winter season..

Britons who have been preparing to set off on their winter sun holidays in tropical locations such as Africa and South America have found it a struggle to include a yellow fever inoculation.

It has been reported that there is a worldwide shortage of the since late July. It has been known for a while that a growing number of hospitals and health centres have reported that they have noticed a dwindling level of stocks of the vaccine. Health professionals strongly recommend that visitors to the following areas - Brazil, the Gambia, and Cape Verde are inoculated in good time for their trip. There are fears that the requisite supplies will not be replenished until the beginning of 2014.

Yellow fever is a high level danger disease which kills up to 60 per cent of the people infected. It is most prevalent in the tropical areas where mosquitos are present, especially in Africa, South America and parts of the Caribbean and India.

The government-funded NationalTravelHealthNetworkandCentre website has also carried warnings about the current lack of the yellow fever vaccine and advises travellers who to visit the website nathnac.org, click on the link to travellers and then to ‘Yellow Fever Centres’. This link will provide information on which is listed both NHS and private clinics that are still able to provide the vaccine.

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