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Tick-borne Encephalitis

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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.


Inactivated vaccine. 

Basic immunization:

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


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.