29 days

What is dengue fever and do I need a vaccine?

Goodmorning Dr, Would it be a hassle for you to explain briefly what exactly is dengue fever and how do I know if I should get myself a dengue vaccination?

Dr Ramzdhan,

29 days

Greetings and thank you for the question.

Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes species. It’s prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pain, rash, and in severe cases, bleeding and organ damage.

Whether you need a vaccine depends on various factors. If you live in or travel to areas with high dengue transmission rates, especially endemic regions, vaccination may be recommended, like Dengvaxia and Qdenga. However, vaccination decisions should be made in consultation with healthcare professionals, considering factors such as your age, medical history, and the risk of exposure to the virus.

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