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Japanese Encephalitis (JE)
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What is JE and how do we get it:

is a type of viral brain infection that's spread through mosquito bites. It's most common in rural areas throughout South East Asia, the Pacific islands and the Far East.

The virus is found in pigs and birds, and is passed to mosquitoes when they bite infected animals. It's more common in rural areas where there are pig farms and rice fields. It can't be spread from person to person.The incubation period (time from infection until illness) is typically 5-15 days.

Symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis (JE):

Most people infected by the Japanese encephalitis virus have either no symptoms, or mild, short-lived symptoms, which are often mistaken for flu.

However, around 1 in every 250 people who become infected with Japanese encephalitis develop more severe symptoms, as the infection spreads to the brain.

Childhood/ Routine Immunization program in the United Kingdom:

Currently there is no Routing Immunization program for JE.

Travellers going to destinations with TBE outbreaks:

Travellers travelling later in the year 2 doses are needed; one dose on the elected date and the next one 28 days later. This gives protection for up to 2 years when a booster dose will be needed.
Travellers that are 18-65 years old and are travelling soon 2 doses are needed; one dose on the elected date and the next one 7 days later. This gives protection for up to 2 years when a booster dose will be needed.

Inclusion and Exclusion list:

For patients aged 3 years and over. There are inclusion and exclusion list that will be discussed with you during your appointment. You will be asked to fill in an assessment form with all your vaccination history details as well as any medical condition. Also we will go through any allergic reactions you might have. You can download the form here or you can fill it in during your appointment.

Name of the Vaccines subject to availabilities:

Name of the Vaccine Type of Vaccine Schedule (see notes above) Price per schedule including consultation
IXIARO inactivated Japanese Encephalitis Virus 2 doses £89

Side effects:

The most common side effects are local reactions (pain, erythema, induration and oedema) within 48 hours after vaccination, and persisting for 1-2 days. Other possible side effects include headache, muscle pain, injection site pain, injection site tenderness and tiredness.

Please visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx, after putting your destinations, this website will advise you which vaccines are needed. This website is regularly updated and is authorised by NHS.

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