Get Your Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination at Miles Pharmacy
Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a life-threatening viral brain infection that is transmitted to humans through the bite of a Culex infected mosquito. The virus is primarily found in areas of South-East Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
Travelling the globe is a great way to experience different countries and cultures. However, traveling to some underdeveloped countries can expose you to some diseases that are virtually non-existent in modernised countries. This can include mosquito bite diseases such as Japanese Encephalitis, Malaria, Dengue, and Zika.
The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is strongly recommended as the best form of prevention when travelling to high-risk countries.
A consultation with an expert travel nurse at Miles Pharmacy Travel Clinic and a couple of vaccinations could be the difference between you staying healthy and enjoying your travels and you being seriously ill.
Miles Pharmacy is conveniently located in Epsom, servicing areas Banstead, Sutton, Stoneleigh, Cheam, Chessington, and Worcester Park You can drop-in for same day vaccinations or schedule an appointment online.
What Is Japanese Encephalitis?
JE infection affects the brain which causes neurological problems. It is mostly transmitted by night-biting mosquitoes that have bitten infected farm animals such as pigs or birds. There is no specific cure for JE, treatment simply relieves the symptoms.
Japanese Encephalitis Symptoms
Symptoms usually appear 5-15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Many people do not experience symptoms, while others experience mild flu-like symptoms. However, 1 in 250 people will develop more severe symptoms as the infection spreads to the brain when left untreated.
Serious symptoms include:
- Changes to mental status
- Neurological symptoms
- Weakness and movement disorders.
Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination Services at Miles Pharmacy
Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination Services are available at Miles Pharmacy in Epsom, servicing areas Banstead, Sutton, Stoneleigh, Cheam, Chessington, and Worcester Park. Schedule a free consultation with a travel health specialist who can advise you on how to stay healthy and disease free during your travels. They can administer Japanese Encephalitis travel vaccinations, antimalarial medication, and travel tips for preventing mosquito bites, and traveller’s diarrhoea.
The best way to prevent JE is through vaccination which requires two doses for complete protection given on days 0 and 28. The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine cost is £87.00 per dose.
In addition to getting the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine, you can take precautionary steps to prevent getting mosquito bites.
Prevent mosquito bites by:
- Using DEET mosquito and insect repellent
- Wearing long sleeve tops, long pants, socks, and closed shoes
- Treating clothes with permethrin
- Using mosquito nets when sleeping
- Sleeping with the fan on high
- Using plugin vaporisers