Tick-borne encephalitis vaccine
TBE vaccine is mainly recommended for backcountry adventures in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Available at all Away Clinic locations:
Away Clinic is an Arizona-based travel vaccine provider specializing in hard-to-find vaccines and expert medical advice for international travelers. Vaccines are administered by a registered nurse following CDC guidelines.
Where can I get the Tick-borne Encephalitis Vaccine?
You can get the tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) vaccine at any Away Clinic location. Schedule an appointment at your local Away Clinic to get vaccinated. This vaccine can prevent travelers from experiencing brain swelling from infected tick bites.
The tick-borne encephalitis vaccine is recommended for people traveling to areas with TBE especially when ticks are more active, April through November. Additionally, outdoor recreational activities also increase the risk of tick bites. Certain medical conditions may prohibit you from receiving the vaccine, please talk to your Away Clinic travel health specialist for more details.
What is the Tick-borne Encephalitis Vaccine?
The tick-borne encephalitis vaccine is a recent development in the vaccination industry, having been FDA approved in 2021. It is a three dose series with a possible booster at least three years after the primary vaccine schedule. The vaccine can be administered to children ages 1 year and older.
What are some of the Tick-borne Encephalitis Vaccine Side Effects?
Most mild reactions to tick-borne encephalitis vaccines include headache, fatigue, muscle pain, and a general unwell feeling. In rare cases, some people can experience vertigo, dizziness, and sensory abnormalities.
What is Tick-borne Encephalitis?
Tick-borne encephalitis is caused by an infected tick bite in western and northern Europe, throughout northern and eastern Asia. Tick-borne encephalitis symptoms can include fever, aches, loss of appetite, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Some people develop severe symptoms which include swelling of the brain and/or spinal cord, confusion, and sensory disturbances. Age and mortality rate have a positive correlation, with older infected individuals suffering a higher mortality rate.
How to Prevent Tick-borne Encephalitis?
Tick-borne encephalitis is best eluded by getting vaccinated and avoiding tick bites. This can be accomplished by:
-Using insect repellent (DEET, lemon of eucalyptus, picaridin are all ingredients to look for)
-Wearing the right clothing (Light-colored, long sleeve shirts, and pant legs tucked into socks are best for outdoor activities to decrease the likelihood of a tick bite)
-Check yourself, children, and pets daily for ticks and carefully remove them