Risk communication for yellow fever
Be proactive and protect yourself from yellow fever
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
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
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.