Statcare Urgent Care

Yellow Fever Vaccine

Yellow Fever Vaccine & Yellow Fever Card NYC & Long Island

If you will be traveling abroad, particularly developing countries, and you need travel vaccines, come to Statcare Urgent Care in Hicksville, Long Island; Astoria, Queens; Brooklyn, NYC; the Bronx at Bartow Avenue (Co-op City); and the Bronx at E. 174th Street.

Statcare is a designated yellow fever vaccination center. We offer the yellow fever vaccine for those who are planning international travel. Our travel clinic vaccines and immunizations are easy to get and very affordable.

Statcare is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You do not need an appointment. Walk in and be seen now!

Yellow Fever Vaccine FAQs

How does yellow fever kill you? What is yellow fever?

Yellow fever is a deadly viral illness that causes fever and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eye). Yellow fever is caused when the female mosquito (aedes aegypti species) injects the virus that causes the yellow fever disease.

Yellow fever does not exist in the continental US. However, if you are traveling abroad into a country that has yellow fever, you can get the yellow fever disease. Once infected, it only takes 3 to 6 days for symptoms to develop, including fever, chills, headache, backache, and muscle aches.

If not treated quickly or at all, yellow fever can become very serious, leading to bleeding, shock, organ failure, and sometimes death.

Yellow fever vaccine can be obtained to protect yourself form this disease. It is available only at CDC designated travel clinics. Statcare provides yellow fever vaccines 365 days a week at all its five locations. Statcare will also issue a Yellow Fever Card that you have to present with your passport at the port of entry.

How can you get yellow fever? Is it a contagious disease?

You can get yellow fever if you are traveling to a country that has the disease.  These include tropical or subtropical parts of South America and Africa. It is not transmitted from person to person.

How is the yellow fever spread? How can you prevent yellow fever?

It is spread by mosquitoes. If you are traveling to a country in which yellow fever is common, you should get a yellow fever vaccine. You should also protect yourself from mosquito bites by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing at all times.

Is there a cure for yellow fever? When should I get the yellow fever vaccine?

There is no cure for yellow fever. You should receive the vaccine at least 10 days prior to travel. Because certain countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination, you will receive a signed and stamped International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), sometimes called the “yellow fever card.” You MUST bring this with you on your trip or you may not be allowed into these countries.

I don't want to take yellow fever vaccine. Can I travel without having to take the yellow fever vaccine?

The yellow fever vaccine is a safe vaccine. However, without getting the yellow fever vaccine, you may not be able to travel to certain countries. Proof of yellow fever inoculation (International Certificate of Vaccination) protecting you against yellow fever is often a mandatory requirement for travel to and from countries like Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia (and more) in South America or Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and other countries in Africa.

Is yellow fever vaccination needed for travel to South American countries like Peru and Ecuador?

Yes. Yellow fever is a deadly disease, and the yellow fever vaccine is an effective and safe vaccine. If you are planning to travel to Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, or Columbia in South America, you will need the yellow fever vaccination and a yellow card. Statcare provides you with both at the time you receive the yellow fever shot.

Is yellow fever a required travel vaccine for Ghana and Kenya in Africa, too?

Yes. Yellow fever is a disease seen in Africa too. The yellow fever vaccine is a safe vaccine to get before you plan to travel to Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Ghana, among other countries in Africa. Statcare will give you the yellow fever vaccine as well as the yellow card at the time of your vaccination for yellow fever.

In what countries is there a higher risk of getting yellow fever? Is your yellow fever vaccination center open on Sunday?

The risk of getting yellow fever is higher in certain countries. Check the CDC website for recent outbreaks. However, a requirement for the yellow fever vaccination is not affected by the risk.

It is mandatory to get the yellow fever vaccine while traveling to Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia in South America. Countries in Africa include Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ghana, and many more. See the CDC website for the latest table of countries in Africa and South America that have yellow fever warnings. Statcare is open 365 days including Saturday, Sunday, and all holidays to give yellow fever vaccination.

Can I get the yellow fever vaccine at the local hospital?

In the US, the vaccine is given only at designated yellow fever vaccination centers, such as Statcare in Hicksville, Astoria, Brooklyn, and Bronx, New York. The yellow fever card also needs a special stamp for it to be valid. You may want to call before you go to your local hospital.

When does the yellow fever certificate expire and how can I renew the yellow fever certification? Do I need to re-take the yellow fever vaccine again?

The yellow fever vaccine protection lasts for 10 years (Recent data suggests that re-vaccination may not be needed). The yellow fever certificate that Statcare gives you is valid for 10 years as well. This yellow fever certification expires and needs to be renewed every 10 years since many countries still follow the 10 year rule.

If you got the vaccine 10 or more years ago, getting this booster dose of the yellow fever vaccine is a good idea if you are planning to travel. You need to get the booster shot to renew the Yellow Fever Card and that is the only way your yellow fever card can be renewed at any yellow fever travel center.

Can I prevent yellow fever disease without the yellow fever shot?

Yellow fever is a deadly disease transmitted through the bite of mosquitoes. Needless to say, yellow fever can be prevented by avoiding exposure to mosquitoes that carry the yellow fever virus. You can also prevent yourself from getting this disease by getting immunized with a yellow fever vaccine.

The yellow fever vaccine is a very safe and effective travel vaccine and can be obtained at designated yellow fever vaccination centers. Don't forget to get the yellow card and keep it attached to your passport during your travel.

If I lose my yellow fever card, what happens next? Can I get a new yellow fever card?

A good vaccine has a mild beige color at the time of reconstitution of the vaccine. The yellow fever vaccine is a live virus vaccine. However, it is very uncommon to see a reaction to the yellow fever vaccine. About 2-5% patients may get a mild headache or a low-grade fever or body ache. Patients with a history of anaphylactic egg allergy may not get the vaccine.

What are the risks of taking the yellow fever vaccine?

A good vaccine has a mild beige color at the time of reconstitution of the vaccine. The yellow fever vaccine is a live virus vaccine. However, it is very uncommon to see a reaction to the yellow fever vaccine. About 2-5% patients may get a mild headache or a low-grade fever or body ache. Patients with a history of anaphylactic egg allergy may not get the vaccine.

Is it safe for my child to get the yellow fever shot?

Yes. Kids above 9 months of age can get the yellow fever shot.

What is a yellow fever card? Do I have to come to your yellow fever center or can I get it from my medical doctor?

A yellow fever card is also called an International Certificate of Vaccination. We give this yellow fever card for you to keep with your passport at all times.

We complete, sign, and validate the yellow fever card with a special stamp. Regular doctors do not keep the yellow fever vaccine or the International Certificate of Vaccination (yellow fever card), neither can they provide the yellow fever vaccine without being a designated travel clinic.

If I have the yellow fever inoculation, do I still need to worry about mosquito bites?

Yellow fever disease occurs in sub-Saharan Africa and many countries in South America. Not all countries mandate yellow fever vaccination for entry. However, if you are flying from a country that has yellow fever (for example there was a plane diversion or had to break-journey for a few days in a yellow fever endemic country), you may be required to provide proof of the yellow fever inoculation since you are now coming from an infected area.

This vaccine may also be mandated for travel outside the urban areas of countries that lie in the yellow fever zone. Some countries require a traveler, even if only in transit, to have a valid yellow fever card if he or she has been through a country that is considered to have yellow fever disease.

Where can I find a list of countries that have yellow fever?

The most current list of countries with high risk of yellow fever is found at the cdc.gov website. If you need a list of countries that require proof of yellow fever vaccination for all arriving travelers, then visit the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

These are your two primary sources of information on yellow fever. You should not trust any secondary sources or doctor websites for such information since they may not have updated their websites for years.

In what month(s) is yellow fever risk the highest?

It is wise to get the vaccine all year-round for travel to areas with yellow fever. The risk of yellow fever coincides with a surge in mosquito populations during the rainy season and early dry season.

Can I get yellow fever from someone else who has the disease?

No. You cannot get yellow fever from another infected person.

The yellow fever vaccine is a live vaccine. If I get the yellow fever immunization, can I now give yellow fever disease to someone else who did not get the yellow fever immunization?

No. The yellow fever immunization is done with an attenuated strain of the yellow fever virus that does not cause the actual yellow fever disease. If you got your yellow fever immunization, you are not infectious in transmitting the yellow fever disease to anyone else.

Can yellow fever be prevented by yellow fever vaccine 100% of the time?

No vaccine is 100% effective. Yellow fever immunization is no different. As a traveler, you still need to take precautions and avoid getting bit by mosquitos.

What are the symptoms of yellow fever?

Some symptoms of the yellow fever disease include fever, chills, jaundice, headache, body aches, nausea, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. The jaundice or yellow color of the eyes and skin give the disease its name. Yellow fever is frequently fatal.

How is yellow fever diagnosed?

Doctors can take a history and do a medical exam to diagnose yellow fever. Blood tests, if available at all, may take 7-10 days to result.

Is there an antibiotic to treat yellow fever?

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a virus. There is no antiviral drug out there to treat this illness. Antibiotics are for bacterial diseases and will not work for yellow fever disease. The yellow fever vaccine is the best way to protect yourself at this time.

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