Sassoon Hospital in Pune will become the first hospital in Maharashtra to start online registration for yellow fever vaccine in Maharashtra.
Yellow fever vaccine is given as a prophylaxis to a person traveling to yellow fever endemic areas like Brazil, Uganda, Argentina, Ethiopia, Nigeria etc. This vaccine is given as a single shot which provides immunity after 10 days of vaccination for a period of 10 years duration.
Yellow Fever vaccine is given only in certified centres in the country. Sassoon Hospital is the only certified centre in the Pune for the same.
B.J.Govt Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital were the first government institute across Maharashtra to start yellow fever vaccination program in the year 2015.
Around 150 people approach Sassoon Hospital every week for yellow fever vaccination and on the day of vaccination there is always a huge crowd in the hospital standing in a long queue to get vaccinated.
And it was challenging for the hospital administration to manage the crowd. Also, many people had to be turned back without prior appointment system asking them to come back again the following week for vaccination.
Dr M Tambe, Deputy Dean of Sassoon General Hospital, Pune, said, “Because of the huge influx of people who come here for vaccination, there is lot of inconvenience to patients and hospital. In order to systematise the entire procedure, we introduced this system of online registration.
He concluded saying, “People who want to get vaccinated can now choose the timing, date online and can come accordingly.
What is yellow fever?
- It is a viral infection spread by a particular species of mosquito.
- It is extremely rare.
- Fewer than 5 thousand cases per year (India).
- Preventable by vaccine.
- Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured.
- Spreads by animals or insects
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging often required
Short-term: Resolves within days to weeks
Yellow fever is spread by a species of mosquito common to areas of Africa and South America. Vaccination is recommended before travelling to certain areas.
- Mild cases cause fever, headache, nausea and vomiting. Serious cases may cause fatal heart, liver and kidney conditions.
- No specific treatment for the disease exists.
Efforts focus on managing symptoms and limiting complications.
Source: Apollo Hospitals and others sources