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Japanese encephalitis or JE is a severe infection that's caused by a virus similar to the one causing yellow fever. It spreads via mosquito bite and is common in the rural areas.
The JE vaccine must be injected at 8 months of age or above. It is given in two doses and the second dose must be given after 28 days of the first.
It's a contagious disease that can cause serious harm and can even prove fatal, therefore to keep your child safe from Japanese encephalitis, he or she should be injected with the JE vaccine.
There are no severe side effects associated with JE vaccine. The minor ones include fever, redness, tenderness or swelling near the injected area.
You should avoid or delay the immunization if:
1)Your child is sick at the time of immunization, however; if it's just cold or minor illness, there's no harm in giving the vaccine.
2)Your child had any sort of allergic reaction to the previous dose of JE vaccine.
There can be mild fever or headache which can be treated very easily. Speak to your doctor and get the prescribed medicines. For tenderness or soreness, place a warm damp cloth on the injected area.
Yes, you can have your child vaccinated with JE vaccine along with other vaccines. It is not known to cause any allergic reaction.
You must get in touch with your doctor if you are not sure about vaccinating your child or there are any severe problems post the immunization.