Yellow fever is a deadly illness caused by a virus that is transmitted by a mosquito bite.
People who plan to live in or travel to locations where yellow fever is known to exist, or who are otherwise at high risk of contracting the virus, should get the yellow fever vaccination.
This vaccine is administered as a muscle injection (shot).
The clinic where you get your Yellow Fever vaccine will issue you an International Certificate of Vaccination (yellow card) once you get the vaccine.
Validity of certificate
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid only if it conforms to the model.
It is valid only after ten (10) days of the vaccination.
The vaccine has lifetime validity. However, some countries may require to renew your vaccination before entry.
The following are hospitals that offer a yellow fever vaccine.
1. Karen Hospital
Contacts: 0719 073 000
2. Mater Hospital
3. MP Shah Hospital
Location: Shivachi Road, Parklands
Contact: +254 20 4291 100
4. Nairobi Hospital
Contacts: 0703 082 000, 0730 666 000
5. Aga Khan Hospital
Location: 3rd Parklands Avenue, Nairobi
Contacts: +254 20 366 2000, 0711 092 000
6. Port Health Clinic
Contacts: 0705 164 724, 0776 183 068, 0773 053 845
7. Department of Health Services, Nairobi City County
Location: City Hall Annex, 3rd Floor, Room 305
Contacts: +254 020 2224281
8. Nairobi Women’s Hospital
Location: Along Argwings Kodhek Road, Hurlingham
Contacts: 0709 667 000, 0733 618 353
9. Amref Travel Clinic
Location: Wilson Airport, Nairobi
Contacts: +254 20 699 4000, +254 20 600 6340
10. Centre For Tropical And Travel Medicine
Location: Off Ngong Road, Adams Arcade
Contacts: 0721 163 974, 0734 211 888
Yellow Fever Vaccine Side Effects
Becoming infected with yellow fever is much more dangerous to your health than receiving this vaccine.
However, like any medicine, this vaccine can cause side effects but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.
Seek medical attention once you have any of these rare but serious sides effects within 10 days after you receive the vaccine:
1. High fever, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light;
2. Extreme tiredness, neck stiffness, seizure;
3. Problems with walking, breathing, speech, swallowing, vision, or eye movement;
4. Weakness or prickly feeling in your fingers or toes;
5. Severe pain (especially at night); or
6. Loss of bladder or bowel control.
Serious side effects may be more likely in older adults.
Common side effects (may occur within 5 to 10 days after vaccination) include:
1. Low fever, general ill feeling;
2. Mild headache, muscle pain;
3. Weakness; or
4. Pain, swelling, or a lump where the shot was given.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.