THE TBE VACCINE PROVIDES PROTECTION
TBE (tick-borne encephalitis) is an inflammation of the brain that is spread by ticks. Tick-borne encephalitis is a serious disease that people catch from ticks. There is no medication that cures the brain inflammation, but the TBE vaccine protects against it. Please note that the TBE vaccine only protects against TBE, not Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is another disease that is transmitted by ticks. There is no vaccine against Lyme disease, but the disease can be treated with antibiotics. Remove the tick from the skin as quickly as possible as the earlier it is removed, the less risk there is of being infected.
WHO IS THE VACCINE RECOMMENDED FOR?
In Finland, TBE is particularly common on Åland and in the Turku archipelago. The infection has also be confirmed in Kokkola and Lappeenranta, on the island of Isosaari outside Helsinki, in Kotka archipelago and around Kuopio.
TBE vaccination is especially recommended for people who are staying in places where TBE is present, as well as for those who are often in forests and the countryside.
It is also a good idea for travellers who will be moving about in the countryside on Åland, in the Baltic countries and within the high-risk areas of Central Europe to get vaccinated.
The vaccine is not suitable for people who have been confirmed as being over-sensitive to eggs or albumin or are allergic to eggs as the vaccine may contain traces of egg. If the TBE vaccine has previously given you a serious reaction, it may constitute a contraindication for the vaccine. Vaccination is not recommended for pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding. If it is still necessary for you to get vaccinated, please discuss this with a doctor first.
The same applies if you have an autoimmune disease; always discuss with a doctor whether it is possible for you to have the vaccine.
We vaccinate both adults and children.
WHEN IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE THE TBE VACCINE?
Ticks are found throughout Finland from April/May to October/November.
It is recommended that the first vaccine is given in winter so that you have sufficient protection as soon as the ticks appear in spring.
THE VACCINATION PROGRAMME
The vaccination programme includes three doses of the vaccine.
The first two doses are generally given with a gap of 1–3 months between them.
It is recommended that the third dose is given 5–12 months after the second.
You can get the doses faster, for example if you are going to a high-risk area and don’t have enough time to get sufficient protection with the normal timetable.
In which case
- the first dose of vaccine is given on day 0
- the second dose of vaccine is given on day 14
- the third dose of vaccine is given according to the normal timetable.
To maintain your immunity to TBE, a top-up dose should be given every 3–5 years.