What You Should Know Before Taking Your Yellow Fever “Jab” In Nairobi.

There has been high demand for yellow fever vaccine in Nairobi after suspected cases were reported to have succumbed to symptoms of the viral infection transmitted by a bite from infected mosquitoes. The yellow fever vaccine virus is transmitted when a mosquito bites an infected monkey and then bites a human being. The recent victim is said to have been traveling from Angola where an outbreak of the virus has killed more than 100 people since December according to the world health organization. We have a number of pharmacies and private hospitals in Nairobi claiming to offer yellow fever vaccinations yet they are not certified as per WHO requirements.

For purposes of international travel, yellow fever vaccines must be approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and administered by an approved yellow fever centre. Therefore the vaccine can only be given at designated centres, for a centre to become a designated yellow fever vaccination centre it must register with the appropriate authority. Most private hospitals have not been registered and most people in need of urgent vaccination may end up getting fake certifications which may end up being rejected in case they want to travel to the fever-endemic areas. Immunization program in Kenya is currently managed by the division of vaccines and immunization (DVI) in the ministry of health also known as Kenya Expanded Programme for Immunization (KEPI) .

Yellow fever vaccination having controversy issues on whether to give or not these intuitions are legally allowed to give other vaccines according to KEPI schedule. This is because the ministry of public health through KEPI has encouraged them to vaccinate with the aim of increasing access to immunization services nationwide in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to preventable diseases. Yellow fever is one of the routine vaccination for children under one year given at (9) nine months. Currently only administered in four districts; Baringo, Keiyo, Koibatek, and Marakwet. These are areas at high risk of yellow fever.

International regulations for travel to and from certain countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination. People who get vaccinated should be given an international certificate of vaccination (yellow card). If you continue to live in yellow fever endemic areas, you should receive a booster dose of yellow fever vaccine after 10 years. The Kenyan government requires proof of fever vaccination if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever.

People cannot spread yellow fever among themselves through casual contact although the infection can be transmitted directly into the blood through contaminated needles.

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