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Brain and nervous system :
Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis is a mosquito-borne viral disease that, in a small number of cases, progresses from fever and general malaise to encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) that can cause mental retardation, coma and death. Only one infection in about 250 progresses to this stage, but the disease can be prevented with vaccination.

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1. Which doctor should I consult if someone I know has encephalitis?

Ans. You should see a General Physician

Further Consultation: May be indicated in some cases


Critical care specialist

2. Can I breast-feed my baby after receiving the vaccine?

It is not known if the vaccine is secreted in milk. However, because of the potential risks to the baby due to certain drugs in the mother’s milk, it is advisable to discuss the issue with you doctor if you are receiving the vaccine.

3. What are the side effects of the vaccine?

Any medicine is not free from side effects. While giving a drug, the benefit has to be greater than the risk. Certain side effects are very common after administration of any drug like tenderness, soreness, redness, or swelling at place of injection. Less common side effects include abdominal pain, aches or muscular pain, chills or fever, dizziness, general feeling of discomfort or illness, headache, nausea or vomiting.

4. What are the warning signs one should watch for after vaccination?

Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, throat, tongue, hands, or feet, red itchy patches on the surface of the skin, tiredness or weakness (severe or unusual); wheezing or troubled breathing.

You should contact your doctor immediately if you have any of these after drug administration. A few of these will resolve on their own without any further treatment. However informing your doctor about it can help decide whether subsequent doses would be necessary.

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