The Japanese encephalitis vaccine is safe and effective for people aged 2 months and older. Vaccination is recommended for those at the highest risk of catching Japanese Encephalitis.
Once fully vaccinated, it can take around 4 weeks for your body to develop a protective immune response to the disease, so if you’re eligible, you should get vaccinated as soon as possible.
In NSW, the JEV vaccine is recommended for those who live in one of the following Local Government Areas:
Albury, Balranald, Berrigan, Carrathool, Dubbo Regional, Edward River, Federation, Goulburn Mulwaree, Greater Hume, Griffith, Hay Shire, Lockhart, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Temora and Wentworth.
AND are either:
The Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA) also recommends the following groups should receive the JEV vaccine:
There are two safe and effective JEV vaccines:
For more information on the available JEV vaccines, visit the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
If you are eligible for a free JEV vaccine, speak to your GP about getting vaccinated today. JE vaccine is available through local general practitioners (GPs).
People who meet the above criteria should make an appointment with their GP and let them know it is for the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine. GPs may require a few days' notice so they can order the vaccine.