Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine
The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is a highly effective method of protection against the virus. The vaccine is administered through an injection and requires two doses to ensure full immunity. Japanese Encephalitis is primarily prevalent in several countries across Asia, including China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, and the Philippines.
We offer a wide range of travel vaccinations in our Birmingham clinic. Whether you need vaccinations for travel purposes or for work, we are here to help you. We offer free travel consultations so you can travel safely and confidently.
£125 per dose
From 2 months
2 doses, 1 week apart
Stay protected during your travels with our Travel Vaccination Consultation. Our expert medical team will guide you on essential vaccinations, helping prevent diseases uncommon in the UK. Learn how to minimise the risk of exposure and ensure a safe and healthy journey.
What is Japanese Encephalitis?
Japanese Encephalitis is a viral infection that primarily affects the brain. It is transmitted through mosquito bites and is most commonly found in rural areas of Asia and the Pacific Rim. Mosquitoes carrying the Japanese Encephalitis virus are active during the night, particularly between dusk and dawn. These mosquitoes are often prevalent in regions where agricultural activities, such as rice cultivation and farming, are prominent.
Symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis
The symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis are typically mild, and many individuals may not even notice they are infected. However, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential risks associated with this disease. Approximately 30% of infected individuals may develop neurological problems, while another 30% may unfortunately succumb to the disease. Common symptoms include:
High Risk Areas
Japanese Encephalitis is primarily prevalent in several countries across Asia, including China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, and the Philippines. It’s important to note that the risk of contracting the Japanese Encephalitis virus can vary throughout the year, with rainy seasons presenting the highest risks.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
Certain activities and circumstances can increase an individual’s risk of contracting Japanese Encephalitis. We recommend vaccination for the following groups:
- Individuals planning to travel and stay in high-risk countries for at least one month.
- Individuals intending to visit rural areas in these high-risk countries, such as rice fields, marshlands, or areas with pig farms.
- Individuals participating in activities such as cycling or camping that take place in these high-risk areas.
- Individuals working in laboratories where exposure to the virus is possible.
If you are unsure whether you fall into any of these categories, our friendly GPs at Private Medical Clinic are available to provide personalised advice based on your specific circumstances.
While the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine offers significant protection, it is important to adopt additional measures to minimise the risk of contracting the virus. We recommend the following preventive steps:
- Ensure that the room where you sleep has windows and doors covered with close-fitting gauze to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
- If you are sleeping outdoors, use a mosquito net and apply insecticide to further repel mosquitoes.
- Use insecticide to minimise the possibility of mosquitoes entering your living space.
- Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved clothing to cover your body, as mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing.
- Apply insect repellent to any exposed areas of your body.
Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine
At Private Medical Clinic, we offer the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine as a highly effective method of protection against the virus. The vaccine is administered through an injection and requires two doses to ensure full immunity. The second dose is typically given 28 days after the initial dose. In some cases, individuals between the ages of 18 and 64 may receive the second dose just seven days after the first dose.
For individuals at continued risk of infection, a booster dose is recommended approximately 12 to 24 months after the initial vaccination.
Precautions and Side Effects
While the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is generally safe and well-tolerated, it’s essential to consider certain precautions and potential side effects. The vaccine should not be administered if:
- You have a fever.
- You are breastfeeding or pregnant.
- The recipient is a baby under two months of age, as the vaccine may not be as effective in this age group.
Approximately 40% of individuals vaccinated may experience mild side effects, including soreness, tenderness, and redness around the injection site, mild headache, and muscle pain. In rare cases, individuals may experience an itchy rash, facial swelling, or difficulty breathing. If you have any concerns about potential side effects, we encourage you to contact us for further guidance.
How much do Travel Vaccinations cost?
Yellow Fever Vaccine (Includes Certificate)
Hepatitis A (Booster after 6-12 months)
Typhoid (Covers for 3 years)
Diptheria, Tetanus & Polio (Covers for 10 years)
Hepatitis B (Course of 3 vaccines – £195)
Rabies (Course of 3 vaccines – £195)
Japanese Encephalitis (Course of 2 vaccines – £250)
Meningitis ACWY (Covers for 3-5 years)
Cholera (Course of 2 vaccines)
Whooping cough vaccine (Pertussis) (Pertussis combined with D/T/P)
Malaria is a life-threatening disease that occurs in tropical and subtropical regions, including Africa, Asia, and South America. If you’re planning a trip to these regions, it’s essential to take the necessary precautions to prevent malaria.
Antimalarial medication is essential for preventing malaria in high-risk areas. Consult with a travel health specialist to determine which medication is right for you. Some medications must be taken several weeks before your trip, so plan ahead.
When selecting a mosquito repellent, make sure it’s effective and safe. Choose a product that contains at least 20% DEET or an equivalent concentration of other active ingredients.
If you’re planning to travel to an area with a high risk of polio or diphtheria, it may be necessary to get vaccinated against polio, diphtheria, and tetanus. The need for a DTP booster shot depends on the date of your previous vaccination.
The polio, diphtheria, and tetanus vaccine is a combination vaccine that protects against these three serious illnesses. Polio is a highly infectious disease that can cause paralysis, while diphtheria and tetanus are bacterial infections that can lead to respiratory problems and muscle stiffness. The vaccine works by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies against these illnesses, which helps to protect against them.
The hepatitis A vaccine is a preventive measure against hepatitis A, an infection that targets the liver. This disease is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). If you plan to travel to high risk areas, it is essential to assess your risk and take appropriate precautions to safeguard your health.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that is typically not acquired in the UK. This virus primarily targets the liver, resulting in various symptoms such as abdominal discomfort, jaundice, dark-colored urine, fever, diarrhea, and nausea. It’s important to note that unlike other forms of hepatitis, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A does not lead to long-lasting liver damage or cirrhosis. However, in rare cases, Hepatitis A can progress to liver failure, which can be life-threatening, especially among older individuals.
The most effective method of preventing Hepatitis B infection is through vaccination. The Hepatitis B vaccine is safe and highly effective. If you plan to travel to high risk areas, it is essential to assess your risk and take appropriate precautions to safeguard your health.
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The Meningitis ACWY vaccine is highly recommended for individuals traveling to regions with a high risk of meningococcal meningitis, including parts of Africa, the Middle East, and certain countries in South America. This vaccine serves as a crucial preventive measure, stimulating the production of antibodies in your body and enhancing your immune system’s ability to combat the bacteria responsible for meningococcal meningitis.
To safeguard against this disease, the Meningitis ACWY vaccine provides protection against four different serogroups of the bacteria: A, C, W, and Y. By receiving this vaccine, individuals can significantly reduce their risk of contracting the disease and potentially protect themselves from its debilitating consequences.
Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a viral infection transmitted through mosquito bites that is prevalent in certain regions of Asia, including rural areas of China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. If you are planning to travel to these high-risk areas, it is strongly recommended to receive the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine as a preventive measure.
The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine stimulates the production of antibodies in the body, enhancing the immune system’s ability to fight against the JEV. By receiving this vaccine, you can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the virus and developing Japanese Encephalitis.
Rabies is a deadly viral disease that affects the nervous system of mammals, including humans. It is primarily transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal, most commonly dogs, bats, raccoons, and other wild animals. If you are traveling to areas where rabies is prevalent, it is crucial to be aware of the risks and take preventive measures, including the rabies vaccine.
The rabies vaccine serves as a preventive measure to protect individuals from contracting the virus. It is administered before potential exposure or as a series of post-exposure shots, depending on the circumstances. Pre-exposure vaccination is recommended for individuals who may be at an increased risk of exposure, such as animal handlers, veterinarians, and individuals traveling to regions where rabies is prevalent.
Yellow fever is a viral disease caused by the yellow fever virus, primarily transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. It is mainly found in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and South America. If you are planning to travel to areas where yellow fever is endemic or where there is a risk of outbreaks, it is important to take precautions and consider getting the yellow fever vaccine.
The yellow fever vaccine is a highly effective preventive measure against the disease. It is a live attenuated vaccine that stimulates the body’s immune system to develop immunity to the yellow fever virus. Many countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination as an entry requirement, especially if you are arriving from or have recently visited a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection transmitted through the bite of infected ticks. It is primarily found in parts of Europe and Asia, particularly in forested areas and regions with high tick populations. If you are planning to travel to areas where TBE is endemic or engaging in outdoor activities in these regions, it is important to be aware of the risks and consider getting vaccinated against tick-borne encephalitis.
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Cholera is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It is primarily transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated food or water. Cholera is prevalent in areas with inadequate sanitation and poor access to clean drinking water, particularly in parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. If you are traveling to these regions, it is important to take necessary precautions and consider receiving the cholera vaccine.
The cholera vaccine is an oral vaccine that provides protection against the specific strains of Vibrio cholerae responsible for the disease. It stimulates the production of antibodies in the body, enhancing the immune system’s ability to fight against the bacteria. The vaccine is typically administered in a series of doses and offers a certain level of immunity against cholera.