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  • CDC recommended
  • Mosquito bite transmission
  • Common countries include Cambodia, Vietnam, India, China, Laos, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. Click here for more contries.
  • Two shots-21 to 28 days apart
  • 5 years immunity

We all want to be protected when we travel. Learning more about Japanese encephalitis vaccine is an important first step.

Here are some of the most common questions we hear people ask about it. We hope you find the answers helpful

QuestionJapanese Encephalitis vaccination- What you need to know

What is Japanese Encephalitis and what are its symptoms?

This disease is caused by a virus that is spread person-to-person only via the bite of an infected mosquito.

Symptoms may include mild fever and headache, or severe fever with headache, stiff neck, tremors and disorientation leading to coma.

Where is it most common?

Most dangerous areas include Japan, India, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Mongolia.

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What protection is available?

The JE vaccine-Ixaro is approved for individuals 17 years of age or older. Vaccine is administered in two dose series, with a space of 28 days between them. Anyone younger in need of protection should speak to a certified travel doctor

Who should get the vaccine?

It is recommended for individuals traveling to South East Asia, India, the far East, and the tropical North East of Australia if stay is longer than one month.

Travelers with shorter exposure periods if the risk is high, such as those spending a short period of time in rice fields (where the mosquito breeds) or close to pig farming (a host for the virus).

Is it required?

No, it is recommended by CDC

Have I received it in the past?

Only if you have traveled to any of the infected areas and you got both shots. Protection last for 3 years

What should be expected post vaccination?

Mild reactions that include redness, tenderness or swelling at inoculation site has been reported in approximately 20% of recipients. Systemic reaction in less than 0.6% of recipients.

Is it covered by insurance?

Usually not.

Can the illness be treated?

Japanese Encephalitis is not a curable condition. One quarter of those infected will die, up to half of survivors may suffer brain damage.

What other protection is available for Japanese Encephalitis?

The best protection against infection is to protect against mosquito bites by remaining in screened areas, covering body with clothing, using insect repellant, and sleeping in an air conditioned room.

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