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Thinking of vaccination against TBE? This is the right time!

Thinking of vaccination against TBE? This is the right time!

Although tick-borne disease can be found almost all over Europe, Czech republic belongs to the endemic regions where infected ticks that transmit the disease are prevalent.

Although tick-borne disease can be found almost all over Europe, Czech Republic belongs to the endemic regions where infected ticks that transmit the disease are prevalent.

 Ticks live in both rural and urban locations, especially at humid and shady places such as woodland, parks, bushes, in the vicinity of watercourses.

Symptoms

First phase of disease starts 7-14 days following a tick bite. The symptoms are similar to those of a flu. It could be associated with conditions like:

• Headache

• Fever

• Fatigue

• Muscle and joints pain

• Nausea, vomiting

If you experience any of these symptoms within 4 weeks after the bite, you should contact your doctor.

Second phase

Patient could have severe head aches during the later phase of disease. The TBE involves neurological system with symptoms of meningitis. When it comes to adults it could have fatal consequences.

 

Permanent consequences

About one quarter of patients suffer of permanent conditions such as upper limbs paralysis, chronical headaches, sleeping and concentration disorders, depressions.

Prevention

Avoid tick bites by using repellents and protective clothing (wear long trousers, long sleeve shirts, boots).
After having been outdoors in areas where ticks may live, check your clothes as well as your body for ticks. 
When you are already bitten, there is a lower risk of infection if tick is removed quickly.
Get vaccinated in the areas where TBE is endemic. Vaccination is recommended for adults as well as for children over 1 year. People who are 60 and older are more endangered by TBE disease.

The most appropriate time for vaccination is during the winter season.

 Ask your practitioner or paediatrician about the type and timing of vaccine that would be suitable for you or for your children.

 

For more information see:

https://www.klistova-encefalitida.cz/

https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/home