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is a virus that is spread by mosquitoes. It can cause swelling of the brain. It also affects the central nervous system. Japanese encephalitis can cause severe complications, like long-term neurological disability and death.
People get Japanese encephalitis when they are bitten by a mosquito infected with the virus. Japanese encephalitis is a common cause of viral encephalitis in Asia. It can be prevented by vaccines.
Many people with the infection may have no symptoms. If symptoms develop, they can include:
The vaccine is recommended for people who are traveling to Asia and are:
Planning to stay at least a month where there have been Japanese encephalitis
Planning on staying less than a month, but will be in rural areas or outdoors a lot
Going to an area of Japanese encephalitis outbreaks
Unsure where they will be staying
Lab workers who may be exposed to Japanese encephalitis should also get the vaccine.
There is no vaccine available in the United States for young children. Children under age 17 who will be traveling to a high-risk area can visit a travel clinic abroad or enroll in a clinical trial. Visit the
(CDC) website for more information.
The Japanese encephalitis vaccine is given in a series of 2 shots within 28 days. The last dose needs to be given within 1 week of traveling to Asia.
What Are the Risks Associated With the Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine? TOP
Like any vaccine, the Japanese encephalitis vaccine can cause problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of serious harm or death is extremely small.
The most commonly reported problems from the Japanese encephalitis vaccine are mild and include:
Soreness, redness, or swelling near the injection site
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