There is no FDA-approved vaccine available for Ebola.
If you are traveling to an affected country
reduce your risk—Do Not
- Touch people who may be sick from Ebola
- Touch people who may have died from Ebola, such as by washing or preparing a body for burial
- Touch the body fluids (such as blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat) or objects soiled with the body fluids of a person sick with Ebola.
- Touch bats, monkeys, chimpanzees or other animals in the affected countries
- Touch uncooked bush meat in the affected countries
Reduce Your Risk—Do
The best way to reduce your risk of getting Ebola is by
- avoiding direct contact with people or animals sick with Ebola
- washing your hands often
Keep close track of your health after your trip.
- Check your temperature daily for 21 days after leaving the affected country.
- If you develop fever, headache, vomiting or diarrhea within that time, get medical care right away.
- If possible, call 911 and notify the dispatcher about your symptoms and your recent travel before going so that arrangements can be made to prevent others from becoming sick.
If you are not traveling to the affected countries
Metro Health recommends everyone six months of age and older to get a flu vaccine.
To alleviate your concerns about Ebola and since some of its first symptoms are similar to those of the flu, consider protecting yourself with a flu vaccine this season.