How can we Prevent Yellow Fever?
Yellow fever can be prevented with the help of vaccination and effective mosquito control.
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 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