Yellow Fever Prevention
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Prevent Yellow Fever
Vaccination is the best way to prevent yellow fever. However, like any vaccine, it is not for everyone. People with compromised immune systems, elderly individuals, and women who may be pregnant should not receive the vaccine. If you live, work, or are traveling in areas where yellow fever is common, ask your doctor if vaccination is right for you.
If you cannot receive the vaccine, or if you would like to reduce your risk of being bitten by a mosquito, you can do the following:
- Stay in air-conditioned or well-screened areas.
- Wear long-sleeved clothing and long pants.
- Use bed netting while sleeping.
- Remove or destroy mosquito-breeding areas. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing pools of water, such as the inside of old tires, flower pots, and small puddles.
- Use insect repellents containing DEET and Permethrin on clothes, exposed skin, and on bed nets for extra protection.