Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a potentially serious and viral infection spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. JE occurs mainly in rural agricultural areas in Asia and parts of the Western Pacific.
Most people infected with JE do not have symptoms. Symptoms may be mild including fever, headache, and vomiting. More serious symptoms of encephalitis (swelling of the brain) can follow including mental and neurological changes, movement disorders and seizures, which can result in death or permanent disability.
How can I prevent Japanese Encephalitis?
In addition to protecting yourself against mosquitoes, the JE vaccine can prevent Japanese Encephalitis. The vaccine available in Canada is called Ixiaro.
Who should receive the Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine?
The JE vaccine is recommended for travellers who:
- Plan to spend at least a month in areas where JE occurs
- Plan to travel for less than a month but will be spending a lot of time outdoors in rural areas
- Plan to travel to an area where there is a JE outbreak
- Are not sure of their travel plans
Japanese Encephalitis vaccine schedule:
- Individuals 2 months of age and older: 2 doses given 28 days apart
- Accelerated schedule for adults 18-65 years of age: 2 doses given 7 days apart
A booster dose is recommended 12-24 months after the primary series, then 10 years after the booster dose if at continued risk for JE.
Call us at 604-251-1975 to arrange an appointment or to receive further information about the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine.