Symptoms of Tick-borne encephalitis:
Sever form of TBE may include:
- A fever
- Severe headache
- In and out of consciousness
If these symptoms appear, contact your doctor.
How to prevent Tick-borne encephalitis?
Try to avoid tick bites to lower the risk of contracting TBE. Tips to reduce tick bites include:
- Cover your arms with long sleeve tops
- Wear long trousers and tuck them into your socks
- Use insect repellent on your skin and clothes (choose a repellent with DEET)
- Avoid walking through woodland and stick to paths where possible
- Wear light coloured clothing so ticks are easier to spot
- Check your skin and clothing after being outdoors
How do you spot or remove ticks?
- A tick can be hard to spot so check the skin thoroughly
- If the tick bites you they will get bigger as they feed off your blood
- To remove a tick, use tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Slowly pull upwards and dispose it. Immediately clean the bite with antiseptic.
Is there a tick-borne encephalitis vaccine?
For full protection, the vaccination requires a course of 3 injections. The TBE vaccine is available for adults and children over the age of 1.
The second dose is given 1 to 3 months after the first and provides immunity for about a year.
A third dose, given 5 to 12 months after the second, provides immunity for up to 3 years.
How much does the tick-borne encephalitis vaccine cost?
The TBE vaccination costs £65, available at selected Day Lewis Pharmacies.