I’ve been reminded and advised in every research on the internet about traveling to Africa to get my yellow fever vaccine and a certification that shows I’ve received the shot. Ouch! and it’s done.
My certificate was made last month, in early October in Washington DC. I went get my shot at a rather strange doctor’s office that specializes in giving yellow fever and other viral vaccines to travelers. This office a bit strange because there’s only an ipad on his wall next to the door to check in. The ipad tells me the Dr. has my appointment and to sit down and wait till he calls for me. There’s no register desk or nurses in his little office with only four waiting chairs. I sat down, waited and wonder about how the Dr. was going to call me since, I’m deaf. Then the door open, a male client with a large rucksack left his door and the the Doctor, a slim tall dark skin man told me to come in.
He started to talk to me but I had to single to him that I was deaf and couldn’t hear, pointing in my ears and shaking my head. He understood immediately. He was a good thing. I handed him the application he required me to complete for yellow fever shot. Then he started typing on his computer in large text for me to read across his desk. His question, do you know what yellow fever is?
I’m repeating here what Yellow Fever is all about. Yellow fever is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes. You catch this disease after you are bitten by a mosquito infected with the virus. This disease is common in South America and in sub-Saharan Africa. If a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, symptoms usually develop 3 – 6 days later. Yellow fever can cause severe problems, including internal bleeding. Death is possible. Symptoms may include headache, fever, flushing, vomiting, and jaundice are common. Problems with many organs occur. They may include the heart, liver or kidney. There is no specific treatment for yellow fever. Though some treatments may include, blood products for severe bleeding, dialysis for kidney failure and intravenous fluids.
And it is advised that if you will be traveling to an area where yellow fever is common, you should get the yellow fever vaccine. And if not you should sleep in screened housing, use mosquito repellents and wear clothing that fully covers your body.
Though because I am traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is not an option for me to sleep under mosquito nets or use repellents, I’m required the shot and a certification of proof. Here’s an example of what my Yellow Fever Certification looks like.