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YELLOW FEVER

Welcome to the Yellow Fever section of the Washington Travel Clinic website. This page contains valuable information on yellow fever and its prevention, as well as links to the CDC website where you can learn about country-specific recommendations and requirements for yellow fever vaccination.

The charge for the yellow fever vaccine is $160 in addition to the visit fee. Our fee structure is clearly posted in the Pricing section. For an easy online appointment, please click here. Also visit our Homepage for more information about the full spectrum of our services.

Travelers should get vaccinated against yellow fever before visiting areas where yellow fever occurs. The clinician's decision whether or not to vaccinate any traveler must take into account the traveler's risk of being infected with yellow fever virus, country entry requirements, and individual risk factors for serious adverse events after yellow fever vaccination (such as age and immune status). In the United States, the vaccine is given only at designated yellow fever vaccination centers, such as the Washington Travel Clinic. The vaccine is administered in one dose under the skin and provides protection for 10 years. Side effects are unusual, the most common being redness at the injection site.

For information on current outbreaks, consult CDC’s Travelers’ Health section. For country-specific recommendations and requirements, visit the CDC's yellow fever section.

International regulations require proof of yellow fever immunization for travel to and from certain countries. People who get vaccinated should be given an International Certificate of Vaccination. The certificate is provided during the same visit at our clinic at no extra cost.

About Yellow Fever:
Yellow fever is caused by infection with yellow fever virus, which is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. It occurs in tropical regions of Africa and in parts of South America.

Mosquitoes that spread yellow fever usually bite during the day, especially at dusk and dawn. Travelers should take precautions against mosquito bites when in areas with yellow fever transmission. The geographic range of the virus is South America and Africa.

There are two kinds of yellow fever, spread by two different cycles of infection:

Jungle yellow fever is mainly a disease of monkeys. It is spread from infected mosquitoes to monkeys in the tropical rain forest. People get jungle yellow fever when they are bitten by mosquitoes that have been infected after feeding on infected monkeys. Jungle yellow fever is rare and occurs mainly in persons who live or work in tropical rain forests.

Urban yellow fever is a disease of humans. It is spread by mosquitoes that have been infected by other people. Aedes aegypti is the type of mosquito that usually carries yellow fever from human to human. These mosquitoes have adapted to living among humans in cities, towns, and villages. Their larvae grow in discarded tires, flower pots, oil drums, and water storage containers close to human dwellings. Urban yellow fever is the cause of most yellow fever outbreaks and epidemics.

Illness ranges in severity from a self-limited febrile illness to severe hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever. Many yellow fever infections are mild, but the disease can cause severe, life-threatening illness. Symptoms of severe infection are high fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, and backache. After a brief recovery period, the infection can lead to shock, bleeding, and kidney and liver failure. Liver failure causes jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes), which gives yellow fever its name. Severe yellow fever infections can be fatal. Case-fatality rates from severe disease range from 15% to more than 50%.

There is no specific treatment for yellow fever. Treatment is symptomatic: rest, fluids, and ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen may relieve symptoms of fever and aching. Infected persons should be protected from further mosquito exposure (staying indoors and/or under a mosquito net during the first few days of illness) so that they can't contribute to the transmission cycle.

Click here for more information about yellow fever from the CDC website.

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What makes our services exceptional

At the Washington Travel Clinic, we do our best to accommodate your schedule. Our clients find that our online appointment scheduling service is extremely convenient; it allows for secure registration and for making, rescheduling and canceling appointments with a few clicks, 24/7. Appointment confirmations and reminders are automatically sent to you via e-mail.

Our office is conveniently located near the Farragut West metro station.

We are paperless and we strive to be green. We use electronic charts and there are no forms or questionnaires to fill out. Even our sign-in sheet is electronic.

At the Washington Travel Clinic you are seen by a physician specializing in Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine. Dr. Akl answers the phone personally and will discuss your concerns, if any, prior to your visit. During your visit, Dr. Akl will review your medical history and itinerary this allows him to determine which vaccines you should receive and what other preventive measures you should take.

Dr. Akl personally administers the necessary vaccines during the same visit. His use of very thin needles makes your experience almost painless. Administered vaccines are recorded on an International Certificate of Vaccination, which is provided to you during the same visit.

Information on travel precautions is discussed and sent to you via e-mail at the time of your visit. Prescriptions are provided as needed and for your convenience can be sent electronically to a pharmacy of your choice -- this way your medicines will be ready for you to pick-up when you get to the pharmacy. Blood tests, when needed, are drawn on location.

Follow-up appointments and payments are conveniently made in the same exam room, which is why our clients call us a one-stop shop. Testimonials describe the experience as "painless," "easy," "efficient," "fast" and "convenient." Upon request, your physician is sent a letter documenting the vaccines you received. A copy of your medical records is a mouse-click away and is sent to you via e-mail upon request.

In case of an emergency, you can reach Dr. Akl personally 24/7 by phone. If a consultation is needed after your trip because of illness, Dr. Akl is available to see you and your initial visit is free if you had a full consultation before your travel.

Our regular travel visit fee is $55 per person, which includes a full travel consultation. Families are charged a flat $110 fee. The regular visit fee is valid for one year during which follow-up visits and requests for prescription refills are free of charge. If only one vaccine is needed and no consultation is requested, the visit fee is $30. For non-travelers requesting vaccines (e.g. for immigration, work, school, etc.) the visit fee is $30.

The cost of the various vaccines offered is listed in the Pricing section. We do not charge a visit fee for the flu, shingles and HPV vaccines. Charges for physicals depend on the complexity of the exam. Please click on Pricing for additional information.

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