Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)
This is a viral infection, spread to humans by the bites of some ticks in forested areas of Europe (see map below) from the late Spring to early Autumn each year. The infection is also found across the central steppe of Asia (central Russia, Kazakhstan, parts of Mongolia and China).
The infection does not pose a significant risk to most travellers. Vaccination can be worth doing if you are planning to spend time trekking in forested areas, where you might be at risk of tick bites.
The vaccine can be given to those aged 1 year and older. Two shots, given at least two weeks apart, will provide protection for several months. A third shot given five to 12 months later will provide protection for three years.
More detailed information on the number of cases of the infection recorded in individual countries can be found on the website of the company that manufactures the vaccine, Baxter Ltd.
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