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What is Japanese Encephalitis?

Japanese encephalitis is a virus that is most commonly found in rural areas of Asia. The disease is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms of Japanese encephalitis can include fever, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea. 

How is Japanese Encephalitis transmitted?

Japanese encephalitis is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus is found in rural areas of Asia, where mosquitoes are more likely to be infected.

 

Can Japanese Encephalitis result in serious illness or complications?

Yes, Japanese encephalitis can result in serious illness or complications. In severe cases, the virus can lead to coma or death. 

Which individuals are at heightened risk from Japanese Encephalitis?

Some individuals are at heightened risk from Japanese encephalitis, including those who travel to areas where the virus is common, as well as young children and the elderly.

Who should get the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine?

The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is recommended for individuals who travel to areas where the virus is common. It is important to speak with a healthcare provider before travel to determine if this vaccines is right for you.

Getting the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is the best prevention!

There are  vaccines available to help protect against Japanese encephalitis. Ixiaro is a common vaccine, which is usually given as two doses. It is important to speak with a healthcare provider before travel to determine if this vaccines is right for you. Japanese encephalitis is a serious disease, but there are steps that can be taken to help prevent it. 

When should I get vaccinated?

Travelers should ideally get immunized at least 1 week prior to potential exposure to JEV. First dose should be taken 35 days before travel, and second dose 7 days before departure. The protection from Japanese Encephalitis virus will begin approximately 7 days after the second dose. Rapid immunization schedules may be available, with first dose 14 days before travel, and the second dose 7 days prior to departure.

How long before travel should I get vaccinated for Japanese Encephalitis?

The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is usually given as two doses, with the second dose given four to eight weeks before travel. 

What types of vaccines are available for Japanese Encephalitis?

There are  vaccines available to help protect against Japanese encephalitis. Ixiaro is a common vaccine, which is usually given as two doses.

How long does Ixiaro protect from JEV?

Ixiaro provides protection against JEV for up to two years.

What precautions should I take to minimize the chances of getting a Japanese Encephalitis infection when traveling?

Some steps that can be taken to help prevent Japanese encephalitis include using mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and staying in air-conditioned or well-screened areas. 

Vaccination is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from Japanese encephalitis. However, the vaccine is not 100% effective, and travellers should still take steps to avoid mosquitoes in high risk areas.

Which countries and regions present a higher risk of Japanese Encephalitis transmission?

Japanese encephalitis is most commonly found in rural areas of Asia including:

If you are travelling to any of these areas, it is important to talk to your health care provider about getting vaccinated against Japanese Encephalitis There are options available for Japanese Encephalitis vaccination through Swift Clinics, such as Ixiaro.

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Disclaimer : This general information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional.  If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare provider.

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