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Yellow Fever 101: Why Am I Getting this Shot?
Well today I sing a different tune. The lyrics are along the lines of something like this: "Oh, joy! I'm going to Tajikistan in about a month, but they won't let me in without spending $84 bucks on a yellow fever shot - shucks! Oh - Why do I need this shot? (repeat3x)" The point I'm making is how many of us read about these vaccinations and know what they are? The CDC says we have to have them and we go stick out our arm for the needle, but how much investigation do we place into these deadly diseases?
Strangely enough the CDC actually says Yellow Fever isn't something required for entry into Tajikistan, yet in order for me to get my visa I have to have the certificate. So this brings me to the question, what is yellow fever? Yellow fever is a disease that is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Illness ranges in severity from an influenza-like syndrome to severe hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever. Several occurrences take place after travel in certain countries in Africa and South America. If you want to know the 101 on Yellow Fever check out the CDC or tinymosquito.com for easy to understand information.