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by Rymaruk J
 

Prevention

Vaccination is the best way to prevent yellow fever. The yellow fever vaccine is recommended for people aged 9 months to 59 years who are traveling to or living in areas where the disease is present. Your doctor will help decide if the vaccine is right for you.
Other ways to reduce your chances of getting yellow fever include:
  • Staying in air-conditioned or well-screened areas.
  • Wearing long-sleeved clothing and long pants.
  • Using bed netting while sleeping.
  • Removing or destroying mosquito-breeding areas. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing pools of water, such as the inside of old tires, flower pots, and small puddles.
  • Using insect repellents containing DEET on exposed skin.
  • Using Permethrin or DEET on clothes and bed nets for extra protection.
 

RESOURCES

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov

World Health Organization
http://www.who.int

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca

 

References


Arboviruses & encephalitis. PEMSoft at EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Accessed June 4, 2013.


García-Rejón JE, Loroño-Pino MA, et al. Mosquito infestation and dengue virus infection in Aedes aegypti females in schools in Merida, Mexico. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011;84(3):489-496.


Global map. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/maps/index.html. Updated December 31, 2011. Accessed June 4, 2013.


Walker KR, Joy TK, et al. Human and environmental factors affecting Aedes aegypti distribution in an arid urban environment. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2011;27(2):135-141.


Yellow fever. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/index.html. Updated December 13, 2011. Accessed June 4, 2013.


Yellow fever. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated June 4, 2013. Accessed June 4, 2013.


Yellow fever vaccine: what you need to know. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/yf.html. Updated March 30, 2011. Accessed June 4, 2013.

 

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