If you are traveling to certain African and South American destinations, you must have a yellow fever vaccine or, in some cases, a waiver for that vaccine should be obtained in case of contraindications to receiving it. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal illness, and it is not only prudent to seek protection against it, but it is also required by public health policies in the countries involved, the guidelines and regulations of which are overseen by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Yellow fever vaccine is only administered by CDC-approved physicians. At our travel and Vaccines Clinic, our Travel medicine specialists are also active members of The International Society of Travel Medicine and The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Our doctors are knowledgeable about travel medicine, immunizations, and illnesses that you may be susceptible to.

We are also experts in the precautions that should be taken to ensure that you have a safe and healthy trip.

Our understanding of the potential side effects of yellow fever vaccination will both prepare you for what to expect and put your mind at ease, as serious adverse reactions are extremely rare.

Certain groups of people should not be vaccinated and thus should not travel to areas where yellow fever is prevalent, nor should they travel to areas where a certificate of vaccination is required.

Waivers are available, but only in cases where the risk is low.

Only after a thorough travel consultation will travelers be given the yellow fever vaccine.

It may surprise the general public that 50% of travelers who do not seek consultation from a specialized and certified travel clinic receive incorrect vaccines, which means they either receive vaccines they do not need or do not receive vaccinations they actually need and will help to protect them.

Inadequately immunized travelers are vulnerable to endemic illnesses and tropical diseases prevalent in their travel destinations because they are not adequately protected.

A pre-travel consultation at a specialized travel clinic can easily avoid this situation.

We do, however, administer yellow fever vaccine to travelers who did not have a formal travel consultation with us, as long as they have a written order from another licensed physician stating that they do require yellow fever vaccination and there are no contraindications based on the prescribing physician’s assessment.

We provide detailed travel consultations for pre-travel planning.

We also see patients for posttravel consultations if they have concerns or symptoms that point to an illness contracted while traveling.

Our vaccine Travel and Immunization Clinic will conduct the necessary testing on a case-by-case basis to arrive at the correct diagnosis of the illness or disease you may have contracted while traveling.

When treatment is required, our doctors will commence your treatment plan based on evidence based medical protocols.

Are there any online services available?

Yes, there are various online services available. These include the ability to schedule appointments online, refill prescriptions, replace a yellow card, request SMS appointment reminders, and get assistance through email.

Is there a specific treatment for yellow fever?

Yellow fever does not have a specific treatment available. Instead, the focus of treatment for yellow fever is on managing the symptoms. Individuals infected with yellow fever are advised to get plenty of rest and consume fluids to stay hydrated. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen can be taken to alleviate symptoms like fever and body aches. In addition to symptom management, it is essential for infected individuals to protect themselves from further mosquito bites by staying indoors or under a mosquito net during the initial days of illness. This precautionary measure helps break the transmission cycle of the disease.

What are the different types of yellow fever?

Yellow fever is a disease that can manifest in two different types: jungle yellow fever and urban yellow fever. Jungle yellow fever primarily affects monkeys and is transmitted through infected mosquitoes in tropical rainforests. When mosquitoes feed on infected monkeys, they can then pass on the disease to humans through mosquito bites. This type of yellow fever is relatively uncommon and tends to occur mainly in individuals who live or work in tropical rainforest areas.

On the other hand, urban yellow fever is primarily a human disease and is typically transmitted through mosquitoes that have been infected by other people. The specific type of mosquito responsible for spreading urban yellow fever is called Aedes aegypti. These mosquitoes have adapted to living among humans in urban and suburban environments such as cities, towns, and villages. They tend to breed in stagnant water sources found near human dwellings, such as discarded tires, flower pots, oil drums, and water storage containers. Urban yellow fever is the main cause of yellow fever outbreaks and epidemics that occur among human populations.

How is yellow fever transmitted?

Yellow fever is a highly dangerous infectious disease that is spread through the transmission of the yellow fever virus. The primary mode of transmission for this virus is the bite of infected mosquitoes. When a person is bitten by a mosquito carrying the yellow fever virus, they can become infected and subsequently develop the disease. The specific type of mosquito that spreads yellow fever typically bites during the daytime, with a higher activity level around dawn and dusk. It is important for individuals traveling to regions where yellow fever is prevalent to take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. These precautions can include using mosquito repellent, wearing protective clothing, and staying in well-screened or air-conditioned areas. The geographic areas where the yellow fever virus is known to be present include tropical regions in Africa and parts of South America.

What are the symptoms and severity of yellow fever?

Yellow fever is a viral illness that manifests with a range of symptoms and varying levels of severity. In its most severe form, it can be life-threatening. Common symptoms include a significant spike in body temperature, accompanied by chills, intense headache, muscle aches, vomiting, and backache. These initial signs may be followed by a brief period of recovery, but if the infection progresses, it can lead to various complications.

Severe cases of yellow fever can result in shock, excessive bleeding, and failure of vital organs, particularly the kidneys and liver. The liver’s malfunctioning leads to jaundice, which is characterized by the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes, giving the disease its name. It is important to note that severe yellow fever infection can be fatal, and the seriousness of the illness can cause case-fatality rates to range from 15% to over 50%.

Thus, yellow fever is a systemic illness with an array of symptoms, ranging from high fever and muscle pain to potentially life-threatening complications like organ failure, bleeding, and shock.

How long does the Yellow Fever Vaccine provide protection?

The Yellow Fever Vaccine, when administered as a single dose under the skin, offers long-lasting protection against the disease for approximately ten years.

Who is eligible to receive the Yellow Fever Vaccine?

Eligibility for receiving the Yellow Fever Vaccine requires individuals to be at least nine months old or older on the day of vaccination.

What are the opening hours of your Travel clinic?

The opening hours of our Travel Clinic are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 AM to 4 PM and on Fridays from 8 AM to 12 Noon. We are closed on weekends. We strongly advise calling ahead and scheduling an appointment.

What other vaccines and services are provided by your Travel Clinic?

We offer a wide range of vaccines and services to cater to the needs of travelers. Among the vaccinations available are Yellow Fever, Malaria Prevention and Testing, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Polio, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis, Meningitis, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Cholera, Varicella (Chickenpox), HPV, and Influenza (Flu). These vaccines aim to provide comprehensive protection against various infectious diseases that travelers may encounter during their journeys. Additionally, the clinic also offers services related to these vaccines, ensuring that travelers receive the necessary information, guidance, and support to make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being while traveling.

Are there any Google reviews for your Travel Clinic?

Oreoluwa Shasanya
Local Guide · Level 3 Gave us a 5 Star review:

I didn’t have to wait the both times I came for my appointments. Also, the receptionist is very responsive and polite. Dr. Sherif Hassan made me feel comfortable when performing the physical examination and administering the vaccines. I had a good experience overall at both visits and will definitely recommend them to my friends and family.

Angila Curvey-Chukwu gave us a 5 star review:

Wait time was minimal. Staff were nice and accommodating. Very responsive. Provider was knowledgeable and friendly. He explained our vaccination and gave great advice. I highly recommend this office.

Noneya Noneya Gave us a 5 star review
Excellent doctor and staff. In addition thanks for staying open during covid-19.
Brilliant Dr. On time appointments.

How do country entry requirements influence the decision to vaccinate a traveler?
The decision to vaccinate a traveler may be influenced by country entry requirements. Some countries require a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry. Therefore, it is essential to consider these requirements when deciding whether or not to vaccinate a traveler.

What are the individual risk factors for serious adverse events after yellow fever vaccination?
Individual risk factors for serious adverse events after yellow fever vaccination should be considered. Factors such as age and immune status can influence the likelihood of experiencing adverse reactions to the vaccine and should be taken into account.

What should be considered when assessing a traveler’s risk of yellow fever infection?
When assessing a traveler’s risk of yellow fever infection, the clinician should take into account the traveler’s risk of being infected with the yellow fever virus. This includes factors such as the destination and the likelihood of exposure to the virus.

How long does the Yellow Fever Vaccine provide protection?
The Yellow Fever Vaccine provides protection for life.

Where can the Yellow Fever Vaccine be administered?
The Yellow Fever Vaccine is given only at designated yellow fever vaccination centers, such as the Washington Travel Clinic.

How is the Yellow Fever Vaccine administered?
The Yellow Fever Vaccine is administered in one dose under the skin at designated yellow fever vaccination centers like the Washington Travel Clinic.

How long does it take for the yellow fever vaccine to induce protection?
The yellow fever vaccine induces protection after 10 days.

Is the virus in the yellow fever vaccine live or inactive?
The virus in the yellow fever vaccine is live but has lost its ability to cause disease, except in very rare instances.

What type of yellow fever vaccine is available in the United States?
In the United States, there is only one type of yellow fever vaccine available. It consists of an attenuated strain of the virus, which means that the virus is live but lost its ability to cause disease (except in very rare instances).

How long does the yellow fever vaccine provide protection?
The yellow fever vaccine provides protection for life.

How is the yellow fever vaccine administered?
The yellow fever vaccine is administered in one dose under the skin.

How do vaccinations protect children?

Vaccinations are a crucial means of safeguarding children from life-threatening diseases, providing them with long-lasting and essential protection. Beyond offering defense to a developing immune system, vaccinations play a pivotal role in curtailing the spread of germs among children and in turn, protect others from infection. It is recommended that most vital immunizations are administered before the age of six. Maintaining an accurate record of these vaccinations is of utmost importance, as it ensures access to the necessary information whenever needed. For instance, schools often require specific vaccines and up-to-date immunization records before enrolling children. By choosing not to vaccinate, children not only put themselves at risk but also pose a threat to others, potentially exposing them to dangerous and even fatal diseases.

What are the common walk-in vaccinations available in Maryland?

In Maryland, there are various common walk-in vaccinations readily available. These vaccinations include:

1. Influenza (flu shot): This vaccine is administered annually to protect against different strains of the influenza virus.

2. Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR): The MMR vaccine is crucial for preventing these highly contagious viral infections.

3. Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP or Tdap): This vaccine provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and whooping cough (pertussis).

4. Varicella (chickenpox): The varicella vaccine is administered to prevent chickenpox, a contagious disease that causes itchy rashes and flu-like symptoms.

5. Hepatitis A: This vaccine offers protection against hepatitis A, a viral infection that affects the liver and is transmitted through contaminated food or water.

6. Hepatitis B: The hepatitis B vaccine protects against the hepatitis B virus, which can lead to chronic liver disease if left untreated.

7. Pneumococcal: The pneumococcal vaccine helps prevent infections caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, such as pneumonia, meningitis, and certain types of ear infections.

8. Polio: The polio vaccine is given to prevent poliomyelitis, a highly contagious viral disease that can cause paralysis or even death.

9. Yellow Fever: This vaccine is essential for individuals traveling to or residing in areas where yellow fever is endemic, as it provides protection against this potentially life-threatening viral disease.

These are some of the common walk-in vaccinations available in Florida to protect individuals from a range of infectious diseases.

Why do I need vaccinations?

Vaccinations are necessary for multiple reasons. Firstly, they play a crucial role in preventing the spread of highly dangerous diseases. By receiving vaccines, not only do individuals protect themselves, but they also contribute to the wider goal of eliminating and eradicating life-threatening illnesses from society. Without the development and widespread administration of vaccines over the past century, our world would have a vastly different landscape, characterized by higher mortality rates and shortened lifespans.

When infectious germs enter the body, they rapidly multiply and attack healthy cells. While our immune system is generally equipped to eliminate known harmful invaders, it may struggle against unfamiliar pathogens for which it lacks specific antibodies. This knowledge gap can result in severe illness or complications. Vaccinations bridge this gap by introducing weakened or non-viable strains of a disease to the immune system. This exposure helps our body learn how to effectively combat those same germs in the future, effectively creating a defense mechanism through the production of antibodies.

Furthermore, vaccinations serve the important purpose of protecting not just the individual receiving them, but also the people around them. By getting vaccinated, we help reduce the likelihood of transmitting infectious diseases to vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, young children, and those with compromised immune systems. This concept is known as herd immunity that shields those who are unable to receive vaccines due to medical reasons or age.

In summary, vaccinations are necessary to prevent the spread of harmful diseases, eliminate life-threatening illnesses from society, strengthen our immune system’s ability to fight pathogens, and safeguard vulnerable populations. By understanding the importance of vaccinations and actively participating in immunization programs, we can collectively create a healthier and safer community.

What other vaccines and medical services are offered at your Center?

Patients who need Yellow Fever injections may need Typhoid Fever and Hepatitis A vaccines along with Malaria medication and something for Travelers’ Diarrhea. If you are going to a place at a high attitude like Peru, you will need medication for altitude sickness. We stock all vaccines. If you require a vaccine that is not listed with us, please contact our office for assistance.

Our doctors are knowledgeable about travel medicine, immunizations, and illnesses that you may be susceptible to. We are also experts in the precautions that should be taken to ensure that you have a safe and healthy trip. Our understanding of the potential side effects of yellow fever vaccination will both prepare you for what to expect and put your mind at ease, as serious adverse reactions are extremely rare. Certain groups of people should not be vaccinated and thus should not travel to areas where yellow fever is prevalent, nor should they travel to areas where a certificate of vaccination is required. Waivers are available, but only in cases where the risk is low. Only after a thorough travel consultation will travelers be given the yellow fever vaccine.

Additionally, it is essential to consider other vaccinations or medications that may be required in conjunction with the Yellow Fever vaccine for comprehensive protection during your travels. Patients who are recommended the Yellow Fever vaccine may also need to consider receiving Typhoid Fever and Hepatitis A vaccines, along with Malaria medication and treatment for Travelers’ Diarrhea. For those planning trips to high-altitude destinations such as Peru, the inclusion of medication for altitude sickness is crucial. At our facility, we maintain a supply of all necessary vaccines. Should you require a vaccine that is not explicitly mentioned, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office for further assistance.

Who is the physician administering the vaccines?

At our travel and Vaccines Clinic, the yellow fever vaccine is exclusively administered by our CDC-approved physician. Our Travel medicine specialist, Dr. Sherif Hassan,is an esteemed member of The International Society of Travel Medicine and The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Hassan, a distinguished physician, is a part of our dedicated team who brings a wealth of experience and expertise in administering vaccines. With a background in travel medicine and tropical medicine, Dr. Hassan ensures that our patients receive the highest quality care and protection during their travels.

What are the side effects of the yellow fever vaccine and how long does its protection last?

The yellow fever vaccine is typically administered at specialized yellow fever vaccination centers,like our Travel Clinic, in a single dose under the skin. While side effects associated with the yellow fever vaccine are rare, the most frequently reported one is redness at the injection site.

How can I contact your Travel Clinic?

Our address is : 9831 Greenbelt Road, Suite 208, Lanham, MD 20706
Tel: 301-277-3555
Fax: 301-552-0098