At Kennedy’s Pharmacy, we offer a Travel Vaccination Service which provides protection from a wide range of diseases such as Japanese Encephalitis, alongside malaria, hepatitis, rabies and yellow fever. We will be able to recommend what type of protection is best for you and it will be provided in either tablet form or as a vaccine.
We provide vaccine certificates for all administered vaccines including Yellow Fever. For more information and advice for specific countries and protection please contact us by phone.
Making a Travel Vaccination Appointment
Booking for this service is currently made by telephoning either of our pharmacies in Rasharkin or Dunloy.
At present Travel Vaccines are offered mainly in our Rasharkin pharmacy with our pharmacist, Cara Murdock who has completed specialist training in Travel Health.
You can also leave your details with the form at the bottom and Cara will be in touch to help or get started!
At your initial consultation, Cara will advise you on what you need to do in order to meet the requirements for safe travel to your particular destination, as well as General Travel Health Advice and self-care. It would also be helpful to have the following information for this appointment:
- Personal Details
- Country of destination plus travel itinerary
- Duration of travel
- Medication history
- Vaccination history
What is Japanese Encephalitis?
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral infection transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. These mosquitoes usually bite between dusk and dawn, mainly in rural areas; especially where there are rice fields, swamps and marshes. Mosquitoes become infected by biting JE infected animals (particularly pigs) or birds.
Travellers are at increased risk of infection when visiting rural areas. Short trips (usually less than a month) especially if only travelling to urban areas, are considered lower risk.
While many individuals may experience mild or no symptoms, severe manifestations can occur, potentially resulting in lasting complications.
Vaccination Course Details
The Japanese Encephalitis vaccination is a course of two vaccines over 28 days.
Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination: Important Information
Vaccine Timing: It is recommended to receive the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine at least 5 weeks before your travel date to ensure you complete the course in good time.
Booster Shots: The vaccine provides protection for at least 12 months (1 year) so a booster shot would be recommended 12 months later to remain protected.
Vaccine Administration: The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is administered as an injection typically in the arm.
Duration of Protection: The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine vaccine offers at least 12 months of protection from the virus.
Side Effects: The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine can cause side effects for some individuals. These can be in the form of digestive problems, a high temperature, muscle pain and flu-like symptoms. You may also feel soreness at the injection site.
Additional Precautions: In addition to receiving the vaccine, it is essential to practice mosquito bite avoidance measures to further reduce the risk of contracting Japanese Encephalitis.
It is crucial to prioritise your health and take the necessary precautions by getting vaccinated against Japanese Encephalitis before traveling. Please consult with us for personalised advice and to address any specific concerns you may have.
Stay safe and enjoy your journey without the worry of Japanese encephalitis.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance of travel should I get my travel vaccine?
It is best to check with the pharmacist as to when your vaccine course should commence. It is best to contact Cara as soon as possible so that we can ensure you receive the best protection whilst you are travelling allowing you to concentrate on enjoying your trip.
Is there a cost for the travel vaccination service?
There is a cost for your initial consultation and any additional cost will depend on your individual situation. The pharmacist will be able to advise.
Do you provide vaccine certificates?
Yes, certificate provision for Yellow Fever about which you will be advised. Our pharmacy is an accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.
What countries have a risk of Japanese encephalitis?
Japanese Encephalitis occurs in most countries in Asia, the Indian subcontinent and remote parts of northeast Australia.
High risk countries include:
- Sri Lanka
This is just a shortlist of areas at risk, please consult with us for specific guidance.
What is the risk of contracting Japanese encephalitis?
Japanese encephalitis causes headache, convulsions, encephalitis and meningitis. Most people will have a mild illness with no or few symptoms but for those with severe disease around 30% can develop permanent neurological problems and around 30% will die from the disease.