Risk communication

Risk communication for yellow fever

Be proactive and protect yourself from yellow fever

WHO/PAHO

People living in or travelling to potentially endemic areas of yellow fever transmission should protect themselves. The yellow fever vaccine provides life-long protection against the disease. You should protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and trousers, sleeping under a bed net day and night, using insect repellents and getting rid of stagnant water from places where mosquitoes breed.

Information products on yellow fever and vaccination are available in multiple languages including Portuguese.

Knowledge Pack for risk communication and community engagement for yellow fever

WHO

Since January 2016, WHO and a number of partners and stakeholders have been involved in the yellow fever outbreak response and/or are planning and preparing to contain the spread of the disease across national borders.

Vaccinations are the most effective measures for preventing yellow fever; therefore, in order to facilitate a better understanding of the emergency vaccine supply mechanism and issues surrounding the coordinated distribution of vaccines to areas that are most in need, WHO has compiled risk communication and community engagement tools developed for your use.

Video: Yellow fever - facts and challenges

How is yellow fever transmitted? Is there a vaccine? Why is an urban yellow fever outbreak such a concern? Dr Sylvie Briand, Director of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases Department at WHO gives answers to these and other questions in this short, informative video.

Community engagement essential for mass vaccination campaigns

WHO/E. Kabambi
Community engagement to mobilise communities to protect themselves against mosquito bites, and to destroy mosquito breeding sites around their homes, forms part of the vaccination campaign activities in DRC.

The current international response to yellow fever outbreak prioritizes risk communication and community engagement as core public health response actions.

WHO is working with a wide range of partners to engage communities in participating in vaccination campaigns and effectively communicate the risks associated with yellow fever and promote protective behaviours, reduce anxiety, address stigma, dispel rumours and counter cultural misperceptions.


Risk communication resources

Communication and social mobilization in yellow fever mass vaccination campaigns

This document provides evidence-based guidance on conducting practical social mobilization and communication for a yellow fever vaccination campaign, either preventive or reactive.

Knowledge Pack for risk communication and community engagement

The Knowledge Pack provides risk communication and community engagement tools to facilitate a better understanding of the emergency vaccine supply and other issues surrounding the coordinated distribution of vaccines to areas that are most in need.

Response to yellow fever outbreaks

WHO's Global Emergency Response Plan

The Strategic Response Framework guides the international response to the 2016 yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, and supports other countries to prepare for the importation of cases.



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Contact information

For more information about risk communication, please email: riskcommunication@who.int