Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine
If you are on the outlook for a Japanese Encephalitis vaccine, our clinic on Harley Street, Medical Express can assist you with utmost core & professionality.
The Japanese Encephalitis or more well known as JE is a virus which can be fatal. It is spread to people through an infected bite of the Culex mosquito. This particular virus is mainly located in the Indian subcontinent and south-east Asia. A single bite from an infected Culex mosquito can cause neurological problems to the brain. Around 70,000 people are infected each year and almost 20,000 die from it. Unfortunately there is no cure for the infection; however, there is a vaccine for it.
Who requires a Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination?
Vaccination is mainly advised to travellers that:
- Travel for a prolonged period of time to rural areas where the Japanese Encephalitis occurs.
- Tourists that are planning on doing activities such as camping or hiking in high-risk territories.
- Are travelling to areas that have an outbreak of JE (recent outbreaks include Assam in India and Myanmar).
- Will be in a situation where they will almost certainly be bitten by a mosquito.
How to avoid the bites:
In addition to the vaccine, there are other ways you can help yourself from being bitten by a mosquito. Here is a list of suggestions:
- Covering up as much of your body as possible with long and loose clothing.
- Using insect repellent that contains DEET.
- Using insect nets.
- Using air condition where available as mosquitos typically hate this type of conditioning.
- Use plug-in vaporisers if indoors to reduce mosquitoes in the area.
Japanese encephalitis vaccination at the Medical Express Clinic:
- The Japanese Encephalitis is a vaccine-preventable infection.
- In the UK, the Japanese Encephalitis vaccination has been permitted for use on people as early as 2 months since birth and requires 2 doses of the vaccination over 28 days.
- If rapid protection is needed, adults can receive the vaccination course over 7 days, so it is never too late to vaccinate.