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Tick-borne Encephalitis

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(TBE)

When to vaccinate:  

When traveling to risk areas, e.g. Albania, Austria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, the former Soviet Union countries, Sweden and Switzerland.

Vaccine:

Inactivated vaccine. 

Basic immunization:

1st vaccination: day 0 
2nd vaccination: day 28-90 
3rd vaccination: 9-12 months later. 

Booster: 

3-5 years later. 

Vaccination protection: 

Reliable app. 

14 days following the 2nd partial vaccination up to 3 years following the completed basic immunization. 

Side effects: 

In the first 48 hours following a vaccination, there may be a general physical reaction and/or a skin or tissue reaction around the injection site. As a rule, these subside after 1-2 days.

When may a vaccination not be given? 

  • in cases of acute or chronic disease or allergies to vaccine constituents, e.g. allergy to egg protein
  • children under the age of 13 years,
  • because of inadequate experience, during pregnancy and the lactation period, vaccinations should only be administered in special cases under specific conditions.

What to do when a tick bites you, and you have no vaccination protection? 

A physician should be consulted as soon as possible, within 48 hours following the tick bite in an SSME area. He or she can give an immunoglobulin injection, which provides a 50-60% protection. Children can receive immunoglobulin from the age of 14.

Individual tolerance should in any case be thoroughly discussed with the vaccinating physician.