TBE - Tick Borne Encephalitis
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2012 7:20 AM Last Post By: nutraxfornerves
Nov 30, 2012 5:27 PM
TBE - Tick Borne EncephalitisHi,
I am reading the Germany Thread and a posting on there discusses TBE in Germany. I was very surprised to see this I would never had thought that such a dangerous thing was rife in Europe, particularly Germany. I will be travelling in Southern Germany for nearly two months, with trains and maybe car. I would like to see the sights and walk around in beautiful settings - I will not be going on long hikes or treks, thought the other person said you can do horse trekking through the black forest which is something I would consider.
I know you can get two types of vaccine to prevent TBE, can anybody tell me what the side affects are? Some research back in 2005 to 2008 found some horrible side effects, but the research does not say if they dissappeared. So I am deciding if I should get the vaccine, or risk going and contracting TBE. They say it is very unlikely, but it is still possible to contract.
I will be visiting some relatives, so will be be spending a week in rural Schwabia or surrounding areas.
I will be travelling in late October and November.
Has anyone experienced side affects to the vaccine? What type of vaccine did you get?
Do you think I should risk it (but risking it could end in fatal results) or get the vaccine (It will cost me about $800 for the full course) The cost doesn't bother me if it is necessary.
Nov 30, 2012 5:30 PM
Dec 1, 2012 11:30 AM
2I find your posts confusing. You want to visit theme parks (places with roller coasters) and you are worried about tick bites? That is not an issue unless you plan to wander off-path.
If you are planning to visit parks without cleared paths, or hike in less-developed areas, you need to follow standard precautions against tick bites. These are described by the CDC, the NHS, various agencies in Australia (here is an item from 1 state), etc.
A full immunization series would take up to a year, so you might as well get started with the shots. There are numerous fact sheets on the vaccines and/or disease, such as this Canadian one.
Dec 2, 2012 7:20 AM
3Here is information from a reputable German site TBE and TBE vaccination It's in English.
If you read German, Frühsommer-Meningoenzephalitis (FSME). It has photos that the English page does not.
If you scroll down one of these pages Germany or Deutschland, you'll get specific information for where it occurs in Germany. On each page, go to the second TBE reference.
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