To prevent TBE, a safe and effective vaccine is available. This is recommended for all persons (generally from the age of 6 years) who are exposed to ticks in a risk area (whole Switzerland except the cantons of Geneva and Ticino). In addition, the general protective measures against ticks must be observed: well-fitting clothing and the avoidance of undergrowth. Protective products for the skin and insecticides for the clothes are also helpful.
When to get vaccinated?
TBE, as the name implies, occurs frequently in early summer. The ticks need heat and moisture to get active. TBE can occur during the whole summer. This results in the ideal time for the vaccination, namely the winter. Of course you can also get vaccinated during other seasons. The complete primary vaccination requires three injections. Temporary protection already exists after two injections. These first two vaccines are usually given at intervals of one month. The third vaccine, which provides a long-term protection of at least 10 years, is administered 5 to 12 months after the second dose, depending on the vaccine. It gives a protection of 95%. Booster doses are recommended every 10 years if the risk persists.
Rarely side effects
The vaccine is very well tolerated. Local reactions (redness, small swelling, pain) at the injection site are observed in about one third of the individuals. These reactions disappear after 1-2 days. General reactions include headache, fatigue, nausea, muscle and joint pain. Fever is rarely observed. More severe allergic (anaphylactic) reactions are rarely observed with the new vaccines (1-2 in 1,000,000 doses). Serious neurological side effects are very rare (1 in 70 000 to 1 in 1 000 000 doses). Ticks (wood buck) can transmit various pathogens and thus cause various diseases. The two most important are Lyme disease, also called Lyme disease, and tick-borne encephalitis, also known as tick-borne encephalitis (TBE). Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. For TBE the vaccine is available as a protective measure.
* Information of the BAG
The TBE vaccination can be done with us. Bring your vaccination card with you. (assuming you have one, otherwise you will get one of us.)
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