Yellow Fever - Prevention

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How can we Prevent Yellow Fever?

Yellow fever can be prevented with the help of vaccination and effective mosquito control.

Vaccination-

Vaccination is the most important measure for preventing yellow fever. The yellow fever vaccine is safe and affordable. It provides effective immunity against yellow fever within a week for 95% of those vaccinated.

It can be offered through routine infant immunization, mass campaigns in countries at risk or to people who travel to yellow fever endemic areas.

A single dose of the yellow fever vaccine provides protection for 30-35 years or probably for life. Serious side effects of the vaccine are extremely rare.

Mosquito control-

Mosquito control is vital to prevent the transmission of yellow fever.

Transmission in urban areas can be controlled by-

► Eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites
► Use of spray insecticides to kill adult mosquitoes
► Sleeping in a screened house
► Using mosquito repellent creams, lotions etc.
► Wearing clothing that fully cover the body

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