Encephalitis Vaccine.

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Tick-borne Vaccine Information

Tick-borne encephalitis£is a serious infection that can cause flu-like symptoms and inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). It is usually spread through tick bites, but it can also be caught through drinking unpasteurised milk.

High Risk Areas:

the far eastern part of the former Soviet Union, including eastern Russia and Siberia, some parts of China and Japan, western Russia, Austria, Hungary, the Balkans, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Scandinavia. Tick-borne encephalitis is mainly found in forested areas.

The tick-borne encephalitis vaccine is recommended for anyone who:


Plans to live in a high-risk area Plans to work in a high-risk area - for example, as a farmer or forest worker Plans to travel to high-risk areas during late spring or summer, particularly if camping or hiking

Vaccine Information


The vaccination requires a course of three doses for full protection. The second dose is given 3 weeks - 3 months later after the first, and the third dose is given 9-12 months after the second, provides immunity for up to three years.

A booster dose can be given 3 years after the third dose for continued protection.

The course can sometimes be accelerated. This involves two doses being given two weeks apart.

The tick-borne encephalitis vaccine is not suitable for children under one years.

TicoVac Junior is available for children between 1-15 years. second dose is given 1-3 months after the first and then 5-12 months after the second. A booster dose is required every 3 years for continued protection.

Vaccine side effects:

After having the tick-borne encephalitis vaccine, some people experience temporary soreness, redness and swelling at the injection site. Some people may also experience a mild fever within 12 hours of having the vaccination. This usually disappears within 24-48 hours. Severe reactions are rare. However, details of possible side effects and special precautions should be discussed during the appointment.

Please be aware that for full immunity some vaccination courses, with more than one vaccine required, may take up to a month or longer. Please, also be aware that many vaccinations will not become fully effective until weeks after the course completion. It is strongly advised that you leave plenty of time to complete the course before your trip. Intervals between different vaccines or doses are recommended, which allows time for antibodies to be produced and any reaction to the vaccine to subside.

The above information should only be used as a guide and is not a substitute for medical advice. All vaccinations are only carried out following a Travel Risk Assessment and Consultation. The brand of vaccine we supply may also vary depending on the current supply status of a particular vaccine.

In order for us to assess the most appropriate vaccines please complete our Travel Risk Assessment.


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