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Ålanders to get vaccinations against tick-borne encephalitis

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 14.11.2005 12.00
Press release -

The MSAH is to launch a free vaccination programme on the Åland islands aimed at protecting people against contracting tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), also known as Kumlinge disease.

The programme will start in January, comprising two initial vaccinations and a booster the following year. The vaccination programme will also target children in 7 year-old age groups over the next four years.

TBE is a chronic, long-term disease that can result in permanent brain damage. Residents in Åland are exposed to a high risk of contracting TBE from the islands’ disease carrying ticks.

Ms Merja Saarinen, Ministerial Counsellor, Health/Medical Affairs+358 09 1607 4030

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