Tick season in full swing

In an update on the current tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) season, there are new record highs – a slight increase in cases, more serious infections – almost four times the 2015 rate - and more doctor’s visits for tick bites and bacterial infections. Vaccination is recommended for at-risk areas in Switzerland and may be extended to cover most of the country next year. Read more. In the Czech Republic, the SE region of South Moravia is reporting a three-fold increase in new TBE cases when compared to the last two years. While the TBE vaccine is recommended for Czech nationals, it is not funded by the government and so uptake is low, around 25 percent. Read more

Advice for travellers

A viral infection, tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) can cause fever, vomiting, cramps and paralysis, which can be prolonged. In rare instances, infection can be fatal. Travellers who spend time in regions where TBE is endemic – mainly forested areas of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Northern China, and Mongolia – may be at risk. The highest risk is during the warmer months from April to November, especially when hiking or camping in areas below 1500m. While safe and effective vaccines are available in Europe, none are licensed in Australia; however, vaccination can be obtained by a medical practitioner through a Special Access Scheme. Read more about TBE

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.