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Dengue and Yellow Fever

The Vanderbilt Travel Clinic is offering the Yellow Fever vaccine and will continue to carry this vaccine through 2019.
In addition, we are now offering the cholera vaccine.

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever, also known as Breakbone Fever, is a mosquito borne illness that is found in the tropics. These mosquitoes tend to bite during daylight hours and live in urban settings. While the mosquito flourishes during rainy seasons, it can also breed in water-filled flower pots, plastic bags, and cans year-round.

This virus can not be transmitted from person to person.

Dengue Fever Symptoms

  • Sudden high fever
  • Increased skin sensitivity
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Joint & muscle aches
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is another mosquito borne illness found in some parts of Central America, South America and Africa. It is named for the jaundice that it produces. This is a fatal disease in more then 50% of unvaccinated people who contract it. This is a required vaccine for travel throughout some parts of the world. You will receive a yellow card which is a government document that you must have to enter some countries around the world. The vaccine is a live virus vaccine which means that the recipient may develop the disease from the vaccine. You will be carefully screened for this vaccine at your appointment.

  • Yellow Fever Symptoms

    Early symptoms include:

  • fever and chills
  • severe headache
  • back pain
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • weakness

With Yellow Fever, your initial symptoms seem to disappear for a short period of time. However, it is during the second phase of this illness that more severe symptoms return.

Second Phase Symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Severe headache
  • Back pain
  • Nausea and vomiting (can be black in color)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Bleeding from the nose and gums
  • Confusion
  • Seizures