Hundreds line up for yellow fever vaccines (Télam / Analía Garrelí)

Hundreds of people in Buenos Aires are lining up outside vaccination centers for yellow fever vaccines, just in time for tourism season.

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the vaccine to anyone traveling to affected areas of Brazil, which include São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and that they get vaccinated at least ten days before visiting.

If you’re going to Brazil or the other affected areas soon, definitely get vaccinated earlier than that, because lines yesterday were so long that many people didn’t get vaccinated at all.

According to the WHO, people can get yellow fever in certain areas of Africa and South America, where infected mosquitoes spread the disease from monkey to monkey, and occasionally people.

Télam / Analía Garrelí
Télam / Analía Garrelí

Most patients only experience one phase, which consists of muscle pain, fever, vomiting and other relatively moderate symptoms. However, 15 percent of patients develop a more severe fever, jaundice (where the “yellow” in the name comes from), hemorrhaging, and occasionally death.

According to WHO, the vaccine is 99 percent effective, and you only need to get it once. So, it makes sense that so many people want to get vaccinated. People were arriving at vaccination centers as early as 6 AM, even though they didn’t open until 10 AM.

Télam / Victor Carreira
Télam / Victor Carreira

Some centers around the city are providing vaccines for free, while there are others where you can pay a fee.