Yellow fever vaccination is suggested to those travelers who are visiting tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa. The yellow fever virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. For all the people who are not used to such climate and living conditions, it is suggested to go through Yellow Fever vaccination. Also, Yellow fever vaccine is required for re-entry into India and many more countries by law. Upon visiting any of the notified countries which are prone to cause yellow fever for human’s, immigration officers verify for an individual’s vaccination document before letting one off the airports. This check is also performed at the port when an individual is about to board the flight while returning to homeland.
Why am I writing about this now? Recently, I was required to make a trip to Brazil. For the same, travel advisor suggested to apply for the Brazilian visa as well as to get administered with Yellow fever vaccination. Upon getting vaccinated, a certificate confirming the same is issued! This vaccination/certificate is effective for 10 years from the date of issue. Though some governing bodies of health sites indicate one time vaccination is good for human’s life time, The certificate in the WHO format says, after every 10 years a booster dose of the vaccination is needed. So, if you are already administer with yellow fever vaccination and under 10 years from that date, you are all good. Another important thing you need to know is that the immunity will be effective only after 10 days from the date of administration. Hence plan yourself to get this vaccine 10 days in advance before starting your trip.
Though Yellow Fever vaccination is available in many private hospitals, the cost is drastically high. Just to quote an example, when I enquired in some of the well known hospitals in Bangalore about the cost of this vaccination, It was around 2500/- to 3000/- INR per person. However the same yellow fever vaccination is made available by government authorities across India through ‘Public Health Offices’ at a subsidized price of INR 400/-. The central ‘Public Health Office’ is located in the capital city of most states across India.
Here is the detailed info you need to get Yellow Fever vaccination in Bangalore.
Public Health Institute (Opposite to S.J.Polytechnique college)
Near Atria Hotel & Maharani College, K.R Circle, Bangalore-560001, Karnataka, India.
- Telephone Number for booking an appointment in Bangalore: +91 80 2221 0248
- Get an appointment at least a day or two in advance
- Vaccination Day: Every Wednesday or next working day if it is a government holiday.
- Please carry your original passport, confirmed flight tickets & trip itinerary.
- Vaccination Fee of INR 400/-, for which a receipt will be issued.
- Be prepared to face long queue, the whole process of getting the vaccination and certificate takes around a couple of hours.
Hope this information is useful for those seeking to get the yellow fever vaccination!