Japanese EncephalitisImmunization Information
At Rite Aid, your total wellness is paramount. And part of reaching total wellness is shielding yourself from diseases like Japanese encephalitis (JE). The JE virus is the chief cause of vaccine-preventable encephalitis in the western Pacific and Asia. Depending on destination, duration of travel, season, and activities, the risk for JE varies, but is typically very low for those traveling to Asia.
People can become infected with JE virus when they are bitten by a mosquito infected with JE. The majority of infections in people are asymptomatic, or cause only mild symptoms. A small fraction of people who have contracted JE develop inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), with possible symptoms ranging from: high fever, sudden headache onset, tremors and convulsions, disorientation, and sometimes coma. About 20-30% of encephalitis cases lead to death. About 30%-50% of encephalitis survivors continue to have neurologic, cognitive, or psychiatric symptoms even after the acute infection is over.
JE has no specific treatment. Treatment is based on symptoms, and hospitalization for supportive care and observation is generally required. Preventing mosquito bites and getting vaccinated are the best protective measures one can take to avoid Japanese encephalitis.
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