The United states Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday said that the supplies of yellow fever vaccine in America is going to run out by this summer. The federal agency has hence released a report to chart out a plan to ensure continuous access of the vaccine.
Yellow fever is can be life threatening and is a viral hemorrhagic disease, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes to humans. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease is endemic in tropical areas of at least 47 countries, including Central America, South America and Africa.
The CDC said that the deficit of the US-licensed yellow fever vaccine will be seen in mid 2017. Reports state that the fem which produces the particular YF-Vax vaccine,Sanofi Pasteur, has implemented restricted ordering after manufacturing problems affected its supplies. The company said that it expects the fresh stock of the vaccine to be available again in the United States by the middle of 2018.
CDC spokesperson Tom Skinner said that the shortage of the vaccine is likely to affect Americans planning trips to endemic areas the most.
The federal medical agency spokesperson said that if someone’s doctor recommends it, then it is “really, really important” to get a shot of the vaccine. Skinner also said that at least 18 countries across the world require certain vaccinations before they allow any traveller to enter.
“If you are recommended to get it and for some reason are unable to get (it), then you should strongly consider not going,” he said.
Yellow fever symptoms usually begin appearing between three to six days after being bitten by an infected mosquitoes. The disease usually last for about three to four days. Some of the symptoms of the viral disease include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.