The Signs and Symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis is a virus found across southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. It is also known as Japanese B Encephalitis. Despite its name, it is not confined to Japan, and consideration of vaccination is important for anyone visiting this wider area. The Japanese encephalitis vaccine is available from Touchwood Pharmacy at a competitive price.

What is Japanese Encephalitis?

The Japanese encephalitis virus is passed on via an infected mosquito. It is found in pigs and birds, who act as reservoirs for the virus. Once a human is bitten by a mosquito infected by biting a reservoir animal, the virus can remain mild or cause serious illness. In some cases, it results in headaches, high fevers, vomiting and confusion due to inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). It takes at least five days for the symptoms to begin after the infected mosquito bite.

Japanese Encephalitis Treatment

There is no known cure for Japanese encephalitis, and treatment involves supporting the patient with feeding and breathing as required. If seizures occur, treatment can be given to prevent further seizures. In around half of the people who recover from Japanese encephalitis, permanent problems including paralysis of the limbs can occur.

Every year around 17,000 people die as a result of the infection. This is one viral illness you’ll certainly want to avoid whilst travelling, and the most effective way to avoid it is to attend for the Japanese encephalitis vaccine before you leave the UK.

Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine UK

At Touchwood Pharmacy, we offer the Japanese B encephalitis vaccine to anyone travelling to a high risk area. The Japanese encephalitis vaccine booster (second dose) is recommended either 7, or 28, days after the first. The NHS recommends that both doses of the vaccine should be completed 7 days before you are due to travel to a high risk area.

At Touchwood Pharmacy, the Japanese encephalitis vaccine costs just £85. Our trained vaccine experts can also offer advice on avoiding mosquito bites and looking after your travel health whilst you are away from the UK.

Call us today to book an appointment for the Japanese B encephalitis vaccine.