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What to Expect After Getting Vaccinated Against Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination

Spread through the bites of infected mosquitos, Japanese Encephalitis is a virus that causes swelling in the brain. It’s most commonly found in Southeast Asia, India, the Pacific Islands, and Australia.

Most people who are infected with the virus won’t suffer any serious complications. However, those who do contract a more severe form of the disease may end up with permanent neurological damage and a markedly reduced quality of life.

The risk of Japanese Encephalitis in endemic regions can vary throughout the year so the best way to protect yourself if you’re going to be at risk is to get the Japanese Encephalitis vaccination in Streatham from Touchwood Pharmacy.

How Soon is the JE Vaccine Effective?

The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is given in two doses over the span of 4 to 5 weeks. The second dose should be administered 28 days after the first dose. The vaccine will start providing full protection 7 days after your second dose.

However, even if you don’t have five weeks before travelling to an area where JE is a risk, you can undergo an accelerated vaccination course. An accelerated course should ideally start two weeks before you travel.

The vaccine will remain effective for a year after your last dose so if you’re going to remain at risk of exposure, you should get a booster vaccine every 1 to 2 years.

Are There Side Effects from the Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination?

The risk of a serious reaction to the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is extremely rare. Some people may experience mild, short-term effects after being vaccinated such as:

  •         Redness, tenderness, or swelling at the injection site
  •         A low grade fever
  •         Muscle aches
  •         Headaches
  •         Stomach upset

Like with any medical treatment, there is a small risk of an allergic reaction. You should seek medical intervention right away if you start showing symptoms of an allergic reaction. Signs to look out for are hives, facial swelling, trouble breathing, chest pain, or severe dizziness.

Convenient Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination in Sydenham and Northampton

Before travelling to an area where Japanese Encephalitis is found, make an appointment with Touchwood Pharmacy’s travel clinic. We offer convenient Japanese Encephalitis vaccination in Walsall, Sydenham, and the surrounding local area. To protect yourself from JE, visit our online portal to book in your vaccination appointment.