Tick-borne encephalitis vaccination

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

The tick-borne encephalitis vaccine (FSME- IMMUN 0.5 mL ®) is safe and effective. A lower dose (FSME-IMMUN 0.25 junior®) is used for children aged one to 16 years.

Vaccination plan

  • Three doses:
    • Month 0
    • Month 1 (to 3)
    • 5 to 12 months after the second dose
  • If there is not enough time, the second dose may be given 14 days after the first.
  • First booster vaccination after 3 years.
  • The second booster vaccination takes place after 5 to 10 years (or after 3 years for people aged 60 years and older). 

Period of protection

  • The first two doses offer temporary protection.
  • The third dose ensures protection for a period of 3 years. 

When is tick-borne encephalitis vaccination recommended?

  • If you are going camping, trekking, hunting or walking during the high-risk season in an area where infection occurs.
  • If you are going to be spending a longer period of time in - or will be staying regularly - in an area where tick-borne encephalitis occurs. 

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