If you ever plan on going to Africa or South America, read this. While the incidence of death from Yellow Fever is less than 10%, keep in mind that just before 1800, ten percent of Philadelphians died from this disease, with half of the population leaving the city during this epidemic, including George Washington and his administration. Congress did not meet in D.C. until 1800.
my Le Reunion experience!!). The tiger mosquito (below) also can be a problem, especially in the open range. I've had my blood extracted from this predator in Hawaii.
I write about this because I yesterday learned that I needed to take a Yellow Fever vaccination before I left for my next trip, which is tomorrow morning. The first call I made to the Queen's Hospital Travel Clinic (they are the only ones in the state) this morning stunned me. They are out of this vaccine. However, they have a branch hospital in Hawaii Kai, gave me a number and wished me luck. Turns out that Queen's Hawaii Kai had two left, but were reluctant to give me access because of previous commitments. Hearing of my plight, thank heavens, they agreed to have me come in this afternoon. I guess they will also be able to prescribe malaria pills. Mind you, this injection might hurt and there could be mild flu symptoms, but the potential downside makes this pain and suffering tolerable, even necessary. Now I only need to worry about those tse-tse flies in Tanzania and Kenya.