Indian travellers to African and American nations are having a tough time getting vaccinated against yellow fever.
The Capital's main yellow fever vaccination centre with the Airport Authority of India at the IGI Airport has been running short of vaccine for the past three months.
Navita Mehta, who would be visiting Brazil for a conference, has been running from pillar to post for getting the vaccine.
Yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquito bite
"I took two rounds of the airport hospital but they said they don't have the vaccine. Other hospitals, where the vaccination is done, are too far from my place and have different schedule that doesn't suit me," she said.
Apart from the centre at the airport, yellow fever vaccination is done at International Inoculation Center, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and National Institute of Malaria Research in the city.
Any passenger arriving in India from any yellow fever endemic country without a valid yellow fever vaccination prophylaxis certificate is treated as suspected of carrying it and is quarantined.
"There are many people who have gone without vaccination and returned to India. We didn't have the vaccine and they travelled without it.When they came back they were quarantined in the airport hospital for checking any symptoms. We have just released two people after keeping them here for seven days," said an official at the airport hospital.
Another traveller, Srinath Singh, cancelled his visit to Africa because he didn't want to be quarantined at the hospital after his trip.
"They told me if I don't get the vaccination done they will keep me in the hospital for seven days. I preferred to cancel trip," he said.
Yellow fever is a viral disease, found in tropical regions of Africa and the Americas.
It mainly affects humans and monkeys, and is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquitoes.