The Health Authority is advising anyone planning to travel to countries with Yellow Fever to get their vaccination up to ten days before travelling.
The Authority said in a statement that one dose should be sufficient.
The Yellow Fever vaccination can be taken by anyone over nine months of age. One should take the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, including wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and sleeping under netting. Air-conditioned rooms reduce the risk of mosquitoes.
Yellow Fever can be transmitted through a bite from an infected mosquito, but not from one person to another. Symptoms include headaches, aches and pains all over, tiredness and the need to vomit.
This warning is most important for anyone planning to visit the Congo. Besides the Congo, there are also these countries:
Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda.
Argentina – Misiones Province, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador (excluding Galapagos Islands), French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Perù, Suriname, Trinidad, Venezuela.
Anyone planning to travel to these countries is urged to contract the Floriana Health Centre on 2568 0222-3/2124 3314.