Yellow fever is an acute viral disease( flavi virus) transmitted by a bite of yellow fever mosquito (aedes aegypti)
Yellow fever begins after an incubation period of three to six days.
Yellow Fever Signs and Symptoms
Most cases only cause a mild infection with fever, headache, chills, back pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting. In these cases, the infection lasts only three to four days.
however, some people may enter a second, toxic phase of the disease with recurring fever, this time accompanied by jaundice due to liver damage, as well as abdominal pain.Bleeding in the mouth, the eyes, and the gastrointestinal tract cause vomit containing blood.There may also be kidney failure, hiccups, and delirium
Yellow Fever Treatment
There is no medicine to treat or cure infection from yellow fever.
Rest, drink fluids, and use pain relievers and medication to reduce fever and relieve aching.
Avoid certain medications, such as aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, for example ibuprofen, or naproxen , which may increase the risk of bleeding.
People with severe symptoms of yellow fever infection should be hospitalized for close observation and supportive care.
Yellow Fever Vaccine in Kenya
Yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers to certain countries and is recommended for all travelers to countries or areas with risk of yellow fever transmission
The vaccine is a live, weakened form of the virus given as a single shot.
Stamaril® manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur is one of the available Yellow fever vaccine in Kenya
Yellow Fever Certificate
A Yellow Fever certificate is valid 10 days after vaccination.
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is only required for travellers 1 year of age and older coming from – or who are in airport transit for more than 12 hours within – a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission.
Countries with risk of Yellow Fever transmission
AFRICA – Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.
AMERICAS – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.
Places Where you Can get Yellow fever Jab (Vaccine) in Kenya
Persons leaving for a yellow fever Kenya infected area are advised in their own interest to get themselves vaccinated and to be in possession of valid yellow fever vaccination certificates before they leave the country.The yellow fever vaccination needs to be given at least ten days before arriving in a yellow-fever-endemic area and must be administered at an approved yellow fever vaccination center.
- Name of the applicant
- Vaccination received
- Date of vaccination
Where To Get Vaccinated
The vaccines are commercially available at a cost of Ksh: 1500 in Nairobi City Council’s public health department, ports of entry, public health units, and selected clinics in Nairobi and Kisumu Municipal Council’s public health department.
- Ministry of Health
Afya House, Cathedral Rd, Nairobi City, Kenya
P.O. Box 30016–00100,
Shivachi Road, Parklands
P.O. Box 14497-00800
Tel: +254 20 429 1000 +254 72 220 4427
Langata Rd, Karen
P.O. Box: 74240-00200
Tel: +254 20 661 300
Fax: +254 20 661 3222
- Mater Hospital
Dunga Rd, South B, Industrial Area, Nairobi
P.O. Box: 30325-00100 Nairobi GPO
Tel: +254 20 6903000
Fax: +254 20 6534289
Mobile: +254 71 907 3000 +254 73 216 3000
- Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Hurlingham
Hurlingham Medical Plaza
Argwings Kodhek Road
Nairobi 00202, Kenya
Mobile: +254 73 361 8353 +254 72 824 9825
- Aga Khan Hospital, 3rd Parklands Ave, Nairobi
P.O. Box: 30270-00100 Nairobi GPO
Tel: +254 20 366 2000
Mobile: +254 71 109 2000
- Nairobi Hospital, Main Hospital Branch
Argwings Kodhek Rd, Nairobi
P.O. Box: 30026-00100 Nairobi GPO
Tel: +254 20 284 5000
Fax: +254 20 272 8003
Mobile: +254 72 22000
Citations for Yellow Fever Kenya
Henderson, B. E., et al. “Investigations into yellow fever virus and other arboviruses in the northern regions of Kenya.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization 42.5 (1970): 787.
Sanders, E. J., et al. “Sentinel surveillance for yellow fever in Kenya, 1993 to 1995.” Emerging infectious diseases 2.3 (1996): 236.
Sanders, EDUARD J., et al. “First recorded outbreak of yellow fever in Kenya, 1992-1993. I. Epidemiologic investigations.” The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene 59.4 (1998): 644-649.
Christophers, Samuel Rickard. Aedes aegypti: The yellow fever mosquito. CUP Archive, 1960.
- CDC Kenya
- WHO: Yellow fever in Kenya
- Ministry of Health Kenya