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TBE vaccine, also known as the 'tick vaccine'

If you spend a lot of time in nature in certain areas in Helsinki, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends that you get vaccinated against tick-borne encephalitis.

The TBE vaccine provides protection against tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), an infection spread by tick bites.

Please note that while the TBE vaccine is often called a 'tick vaccine', it does not protect you against ticks or prevent a tick from attaching itself to your skin. The most common disease spread by ticks is borreliosis, i.e. Lyme disease. There is no vaccine against this.

If you spend a lot of time in nature in certain areas in Helsinki (the districts of Etelä-Laajasalo, Jollas/Villinki, Kivinokka, Roihuvuori, Länsi-Herttoniemi) for more than four weeks, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends that you make arrangements to receive the TBE vaccine.

In order to get the TBE vaccine, you will need a prescription. Please contact your local health station by phone or via Maisa for getting the prescription. Buy the vaccine at a pharmacy yourself. The TBE vaccine will be given to you without an appointment at a vaccination point.