The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recommends that international travelers should get vaccinated against the yellow fever virus prior to visiting endemic areas this year.
According to Precision Vaccinations, an international publisher of research-based vaccine news, there were 20 yellow fever cases reported in Peru during 2018, including six deaths.
For this reason, the PAHO recommends the yellow fever vaccine at least ten days before traveling “to ensure appropriate protection”.
“Between January 2017 and December 2018, seven countries and territories in the Americas reported cases of yellow fever”, the aforementioned source said. Peru and Brazil, for instance, have already confirmed cases this year.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that people who are older than 9 months of age and are traveling to places with elevations lower than 7,546 ft should consider the yellow fever vaccination.
“Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever that can result in death”, Precision Vaccinations explained. “It is preventable with a vaccine that is safe, effective and accessible”, they added.