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Take steps to help prevent TBE

You can reduce your risk of developing TBE by taking precautions to avoid being bitten by an infected tick when in high risk areas. You should:

  • Wear long-sleeved tops and long trousers tucked into your socks
  • Wear light-coloured clothes so ticks are easier to spot and brush off
  • you can treat your clothes with insecticides such as permethrin
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET to exposed skin
  • Regularly check your body for ticks
  • Avoid unpasteurised milk which may also be infected with the TBE virus in endemic region

A proven way to prevent TBE is to be vaccinated against the infection before you travel. Vaccination against TBE is recommended for anyone who may be at risk of TBE through their work or travels, particularly those planning to visit rural areas or go hiking or camping.

To find out if vaccination is recommended for you, speak to your pharmacist, doctor, nurse or travel health professional.


Explore prevention

Boots - Travel vaccinations and health service advice

Rowlands Pharmacy - Travel vaccination and healthy living services

MASTA - Private travel health clinics

Sussex Travel Clinic- Private travel health clinics

Travel Health Pro - Travel health information provided by Public Health England

'fitfortravel' - Travel health information provided by Health Protection Scotland

NHS Choices - Health information provided by NHS England


How to remove a tick?

 If you find a tick on your or your child's skin, remove it by gently gripping it as close to the skin as possible, preferably using fine-toothed tweezers. Pull steadily away from the skin without twisting or crushing the tick. Wash your skin with water and soap afterwards, and apply an antiseptic cream to the skin around the bite. Don't use a lit cigarette end, a match head or substances such as alcohol or petroleum jelly to force the tick out. Some veterinary surgeries and pet shops sell inexpensive tick removal devices, which may be useful if you frequently spend time in areas where there are ticks.

If you are using a special tool follow instructions for use. If you are using fine tipped tweezers place them as close to the skin as possible and then pull the tick slowly, ensuring the mouth parts are removed completely. A steady straight method is best for removal.12, 13


Travel Smartly

Are you travelling to a country where you could be at risk?

Planning outdoor activities in forested or grassy areas?


Other sources of information about encephalitis

The Encephalitis Society provides information and support to people affected, their families and friends. The Society also provides bespoke training to professionals, raises awareness of the condition and its consequences, and collaborates with academic and clinical partners on research into the condition. 

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PP-PNA-GBR-0166  -  October 2016