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Protect yourself from Tick-borne encephalitis viral infection by getting vaccinated at Smarta Healthcare in Bedford. Your trusted travel health clinic for expert advice and vaccinations, our healthcare professionals tailor vaccination packages to your individual circumstances and destinations. Book your AskMyPharmacist Travel Health Consultation today.

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Smarta Healthcare AskMyPharmacist FAQs Tick-borne Encephalitis
Smarta Healthcare Tick-borne encephalitis vaccination FAQs
What is Tick-borne encephalitis?

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection that affects the central nervous system. It is caused by the tick-borne encephalitis virus, which is a member of the flavivirus family. TBE is primarily transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. 

Where can I get a Tick-borne encephalitis vaccine in the UK?

Smarta Healthcare offers Tick-borne encephalitis vaccinations for patients in and around Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton, Letchworth, Biggleswade, St Neots, Cambridge, Sandy, Hitchin and Huntingdon, or further afield. 

Book an AskMyPharmacist travel health consultation today. 

How much does the Tick-borne encephalitis vaccination cost?

The Tick-borne encephalitis vaccination costs £65 per dose for both adults and children – 2 doses are required. 

Discounts are available for families, groups and students.

If you have any questions about required or recommended travel vaccinations, book an AskMyPharmacist travel health consultation at least 4 weeks before your departure date to make sure you’re ready for your trip. 

Where are Tick-borne encephalitis destinations?

Tick-borne encephalitis can be primarily found in certain parts of Europe and Asia. 

Europe: Central and Eastern Europe, including countries such as Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.  Northern Europe, including parts of Finland, Sweden, and the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania). Russia, particularly in forested areas of western Russia and Siberia. 

Asia: Parts of China, including northeastern and northwestern regions. Japan and the Russian Far East. Mongolia. 

Is Tick-borne encephalitis in the UK?

Ticks that spread tick-borne encephalitis can be found in the UK, however the risk of contracting tick-borne encephalitis in the UK is very low 

Is Tick-borne encephalitis the same as Lyme disease?

No. Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease are distinct tick-borne infections caused by different pathogens. While both diseases are transmitted by ticks, they are caused by different types of bacteria and viruses.  

What are the symptoms of Tick-borne encephalitis?

The initial phase of TBE may resemble a mild flu-like illness, and some individuals may recover without progressing to the more severe neurological phase. However, in cases where the virus affects the central nervous system, the neurological symptoms such as high fever, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, confusion, seizures and paralysis can be very serious. 

How can I protect myself against Tick-borne encephalitis?

Preventive measures for TBE include vaccination and avoiding tick bites. Vaccination is recommended for individuals living in or traveling to endemic areas, especially those engaged in outdoor activities in high-risk regions. Additionally, practicing tick avoidance strategies, such as using insect repellents, wearing long sleeves and trousers, and checking for ticks after being outdoors, can help reduce the risk of tick-borne infections. 

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Very professional and knowledgeable. Provided vaccinations at short notice for my trip to East Africa.
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I visited today for travel vaccines. I had no idea about the whole process as this is my first time. I rang Smarta Healthcare and a lovely lady was very informative and friendly and answered all my questions. I brought my 4 year old with me and the Pharmacist was so friendly and patient and didn’t pressurise me at all (I was worried about not taking all the vaccines as money is tight) but she helped me to make my decisions without judging. My daughter did so well with the injection and I think the lovely calm environment and staff played a big factor in this. Thanks so much
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