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Persons aged 60 years or older the vaccine should be given to those individuals only when there is a significant and unavoidable risk of acquiring yellow fever infection, such as travel to an area where there is a current or periodic risk of yellow fever transmission, due to greater risk of side effects.
Persons over 60 years of age, pregnant or breast feeding, those and their immediate family members who have had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of yellow fever vaccine or to any of the components of the vaccine, including egg, those who have a history of thymus disorder or thymectomy for any reason including incidental thymectomy, immunosuppressed or HIV positive.
Yellow fever is a virus transmitted by infected mosquitos to humans, typically through a bite.
However, it can also be transmitted by coming into contact with other humans and animals such as monkeys who are infected.
It takes 3 - 6 days for the symptoms to present themselves and these include:
After a recovery, a small percentage enter a second and more toxic phase within 24 hours in which 50% of patients die within 7-10 days.
During this phase patients experience:
Typically the most at risk regions are:
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