Yellow Fever Vaccinations

Dermacia's Islington Travel Clinic is an Authorised Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre

With world travel being easier and cheaper than ever before, there are fantastic opportunities to see the sights and go exploring. Heading off around the world can be exciting, but it is important that you take precautions before you visit certain destinations.

Before you fly off, you should speak to one of our friendly pharmacists at your local travel clinic in Islington:Dermacia.  If you are travelling to a destination where you may be exposed to yellow fever or at risk of catching it, we are here to ensure you are properly vaccinated. At Dermacia Pharmacy, we offer a walk-in travel clinic in North London, with no need to book your appointment. We are fully authorised to provide the Yellow Fever vaccination and as we are located just a five minute walk from the Highbury & Islington Underground and Rail stations, we are able to provide this service to people from all over London. If you need the Yellow Fever vaccination, come in and see us and we will be delighted to provide you with the assurance you need before making your trip.

About the Yellow Fever Vaccine

We are able to provide the Yellow Fever vaccination in a single injection which you are advised to have at least 10 days before you leave on your travels. This will provide ample time for your body to develop a level of protection against the infection. We will provide you with a proof of vaccination certificate but it will only become valid after these 10 days have passed so please do not leave it to the last minute. The vaccination provides ample protection for 95% to 100% of people who have been vaccinated and the protection is said to last for at least 10 years. Research indicates that the benefits of the vaccination may even last for your lifetime, but 10 years is definitely the minimum length of protection.

As of June 2016 based on World Health Organisation (WHO) studies, booster shots are no longer required as your vaccination certificate is now considered to cover you for a lifetime.  will be considered as being valid for the rest of your life.

 A booster dose is recommended if:

  • You require a valid certificate of having received the vaccination
  • You received the vaccination when you were pregnant
  • You received the vaccination when you are younger than two years old
  • You received the vaccination when you had a weakened immune system.

If you are unsure of whether you need a vaccination booster or not, please come along and see us and we will be more than happy to advise you. We are pleased to say that we are registered as an Official Yellow Fever vaccination centre in Islington and we can provide you with the vaccination and any guidance you may require.

The Vaccination Certificate

Following guidelines that have been issued by the WHO, anyone that is looking to travel to an area or a country where there is a risk of receiving or spreading Yellow Fever needs to hold an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP). The WHO website provides a list of all of the countries where you need an ICVP to gain entry and the NHS Fit For Travel website also contains valid information.

If you lose your certificate, you will need to have one reissued, which you can do if you retain the batch number of the vaccination and the date when you received the vaccination.

Exemptions From Needing a Yellow Fever Vaccine:

  • Pregnant women due to concerns about possible side effects or complications. 
  • Babies under 9 months
  • People aged 60 or over
  • Women who are breastfeeding
  • People who have a weakened immune system
  • People allergic to the ingredients contained in the vaccine – including eggs

Side effects of the Yellow Fever Vaccine

Up to 1 in 3 people suffer side effects after receiving the Yellow Fever vaccine with these side effects being:

  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Mild Fever
  • Soreness at the point of the vaccination
  • In very rare circumstances, some people can suffer from an allergic reaction to the vaccine, an occurrence which happens around 1 in every 130,000 doses. In rarer circumstances, people can suffer from YEL-AND or TEL-AVID, neurological and viscerotropic diseases, which have a 1 in 250,000 and a 1 in 330,000 likelihood of occurring.

At Dermacia Pharmacy, we take every care and precaution to give expert guidance regarding all travel vaccines, so if you require any advice or information regarding Yellow Fever, please come in and see us, no appointment is required.