What are the likely side effects of vaccination?

On the day of vaccination, most people can work, drive a car, play sport or go to the gym, but it is still best to 'take it easy'.

Possible side effects include:

  • Fainting
  • Allergic reactions
  • Sore red arm
  • Fevers
  • Feeling sick

Vaccines do not leave a scar or weaken the immune system.

Why should I put up with this?

Every decision to take a vaccine to prevent an illness is a decision that the short term expense and slight discomfort (and slight risk) is worth the improved chance of avoiding an unpleasant or potentially fatal illness. Our recommendations are based on the advice of international agencies such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control in the United States, coupled with local experience.

Vaccine recommendations occasionally vary from other countries, usually in regard to the exact schedule of giving the vaccine. The results of vaccinations can be the same with different schedules. The protection gained from vaccines varies from 50% to almost 100% so be aware that even vaccinations can't remove all risk, however you will have greatly reduced your chances of getting ill.

Some countries won't let you in without a vaccination certificate!

Yellow fever is a viral infection which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Certain countries in Africa and South America require proof of the yellow fever vaccination in order for travellers to be permitted entry. Proof of vaccination is also needed for entry into many countries, including Australia when returning from abroad, if a traveller has visited a yellow fever region.

Not all countries will accept the lifetime cover of the vaccine (Check out vaccine lengths). However as an interesting fringe benefit, yellow fever vaccination seems to confer some protection against malignant melanoma.