Countries at risk

Tick Borne Encephalitis is usually found in Central, Northern & Eastern Europe along with certain parts of Russia and East Asia.

Travel Precautions

The most common route to infection is being bitten by an infected tick. The disease can be prevented by using insect repellent when travelling to high risk areas. Ideally, insect repellents should contain the chemical ingredient DEET. Any insect repellent which contains DEET 50% or more is necessary to deter ticks in high risk areas. Travellers are advised to avoid protruding branches of trees and bushes when walking as these are a breeding ground. Unpasteurised milk in areas at risk should also be avoided.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms appear within a week or two of being bitten by an infected tick, and include headache, fever and general flu-like illness. Other symptoms include nausea, muscle pain, lethargy and general discomfort. A small percentage of patients go on to develop severe symptoms which include paralysis and can often result in fatality.

The Vaccination

Course: 3 doses. The second is administered 14 days after the first, and the third 5-12 months after the second. A booster is required after 3 years.
When to get vaccinated: It is advisable to finish the second dose at least one week before you travel.
Side effects: Side effects are mild, rarely coming to more than redness at the injection site or a slight fever.
Children: The vaccine is suitable for children from the age of one, however, we only vaccinate children aged 12 years and older.

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