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Get your vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis today!

Get your vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis today!

During spring is the time to get vaccinated against tick-borne encephalitis. Encephalitis in a life-threatening infectious disease transferred by ticks which are most active during summer and particularly in last years their numbers are growing. Considering vaccination might be a smart decision as the Czech Republic has the highest occurrence of tick in the Europe.

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is an infectious disease involving the central nervous system transferred by tick bites. It is is manifested through symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, fever, nausea and aches of knees and joint. TBE is a dangerous disease as approximately 25 % of infected individuals suffer from permanent consequences of the disease such as paralysis of upper limbs, chronic headaches, disorders of concentration, mood or sleep. However, deaths are very rare.

The highest occurrence of tick in the Europe is in the Czech Republic. They can be found mainly in woods, high grasses and increasingly also in city parks. There are several hundreds of cases in the country annualy with the highest season between April and November mainly in regions of South and West Bohemia and Moravia.

Vaccination proved as a very effective prevention against the disease as it reached 99 % effectiveness. If you decide to get a vaccination, it will start to be effective within 14 days following the first application. Three vaccination shots are needed in order to gain a long-term immunity against the disease. The first vaccination is followed by the second one within 1-3 months after the first application and the third application 5-12 months after the second one. Vaccination is not paid by your public health insurance.

It is also wise to protect yourself when outside. For example, always wear closed shoes with socks on while in the nature, wear long pants stuffed in your socks and never lie in the grass without a cover on. After each visit in the nature examine your body closely for ticks.

Vaccination against TBE is an important part of health prevention. Should you be interested in being safe from health complications caused by encephalitis you might consider getting vaccinated before the high season. To schedule your vaccination, please reach our reception on reception@unicare.cz or +420 235 356 553.