Tick-Borne Encephalitis: Everything You Need to Know

Tick-borne encephalitis is endemic across parts of Europe and Asia. The tick-borne encephalitis vaccine will protect you. Travel safely. 

What is tick-borne encephalitis?

Tick-borne encephalitis (commonly referred to as TBE) is a virus infection which affects the human nervous system. It’s transmitted by tick bites and is most commonly found in parts of Europe, Asia – even the UK.  

Some people infected with TBE don’t develop symptoms, but others will suffer from flu-like symptoms. If left untreated, TBE can lead to more severe problems such as meningitis or inflammation of the brain. 

Who is most at risk from contracting TBE?

Travellers in high-risk countries, who spend a lot of time outdoors in forests and rural areas are most at risk of a TBE infection. Taking part in activities such as hiking, camping, or cycling in rural, woodland areas means you’re more likely to get a tick bite. 

What is the tick-borne encephalitis vaccine?

Here at London Vaccination Clinic, we recommend the tick-borne encephalitis vaccine to any travellers visiting high-risk countries. The vaccination consists of three doses, the first two being administered within a month and the third around 12 months later. 

Are there any precautionary measures you can take?

In addition to getting the tick-borne encephalitis vaccine, check your body for ticks daily – removing any that you find. And tucking your trousers into your shoes. TBE is a seasonal disease, with ticks being most prevalent during Spring and Summer months. 

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Watch our short YouTube video for more information on tick-borne encephalitis. Our CEO and specialist immunisation and travel health nurse, Katy Peters tells you everything you need to know. 

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