Tick Encephalitis Adult
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection spread by tick bites. Ticks infected with the virus are found in parts of Europe (including the UK) and Asia. In the UK the risk of getting tick-borne encephalitis is very low.
Ticks that carry the virus can be found in:
most of Europe – including the UK
parts of China and Japan
Ticks live in woodlands and grassy areas, but they can also be found in some parks and gardens.
In the UK, only a very small number of ticks carry the TBE virus. Even if you're bitten by a tick, the risk of getting seriously ill is very low.
What Vaccines are available?
TBE vaccine should be considered for:
All persons living in TBE risk areas
Those at occupational risk in risk areas: farmers, forestry workers, soldiers
Travellers at risk of disease
Laboratory workers who may be exposed to TBE
Adults above 16 years (three doses)
Dose 1: Day 0
Dose 2: Between month 1 and 3
Dose 3: 5-12 months after dose 2
Second dose can be given 2 weeks after initial dose
Protection duration: first booster should be given within 3 years of initial course, after this booster can be given at 5 year intervals.
Avoid known heavily tick-infested areas of forest and woodland during the spring, summer and autumn where possible
Use an insect repellent such as DEET on your skin – you can also get clothes that contain insect repellent
Check the body for ticks regularly. The larval forms of Ixodes ticks are tiny and difficult to see
Avoid consumption of unpasteurised dairy products in areas of risk (a potential route of transmission)
Seek advice from a medical practitioner if any signs of illness occur within 28 days of a tick bite
Walk on clearly defined paths to avoid brushing against plants that may have ticks on them
Wear long trousers and long-sleeved tops so it's harder for ticks to bite you
TBE vaccination is available for those travellers intending to visit rural risk areas, or whose occupation may put them at higher risk (see below).
If you're bitten by a tick, try to remove it as soon as possible.
To remove a tick safely:
Use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool (you can buy these from some pharmacies, vets and pet shops).
Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible and pull upwards slowly and firmly, as mouthparts left in the skin can cause a skin infection.
Take care not to squeeze or crush the tick. Dispose of it when you have removed it.
Clean the bite with antiseptic or soap and water.
Need other vaccines?
Please click on the links below for travel vaccination requirements/ advice.
For vaccine recommendations and information on conditions based on destinations:https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home
For vaccine lifespan:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/jabs/
Antimalarials (Maloff Protect): For adults you can buy these over the counter after the consultation at £2 per tablet. For children please enquire.
Need to book more than one vaccine?
Please make a booking for a single vaccine and leave a note with the booking for the other vaccines you require. We will then call you to make other bookings.
Note: We offer a 5% discount for cash payments.
Please make sure you fill in the form in the appointment confirmation which you will recieve (as a link). This will allow us to do a risk assessement before your arrive and check all your travel requirements for a swift & safe appointment.