What is yellow fever?
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a virus that transmits through mosquito bites. In human bodies, this virus is capable of injuring liver and other organs. Similar to dengue, the presenting symptoms include fever, chills, headache, and muscle pain. These symptoms, if not properly treated might lead to yellow discolouration of skin and eyes, bleeding, organ failure, even death.
How can you get (and avoid) yellow fever?
This disease spread through mosquito bites. This means, you are at risk of getting it if you travel to countries where these mosquitoes are commonly found such as African and South American countries. Unless you are cancelling trips, all you can do to protect yourselves are getting yellow fever vaccine and preventing mosquito bites.
What is the name of the yellow fever vaccine?
The Yellow Fever vaccine that is available in Indonesia is Stamaril®. Remember to administer this yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before your trip. Following the vaccination, you will receive your yellow fever vaccination certificate.
How long is the yellow fever vaccine good for?
Studies have shown that Stamaril® is capable of providing lifelong immunity against yellow fever. However, if you’re going back and forth or planning to stay in countries at risk, consider taking a booster once every 10 years.
Do you need yellow fever vaccine in Indonesia?
You can rest assured that there is no risk of yellow fever in Indonesia. However, yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 9 months of age departing and arriving to and from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.