NSW Health expanded availability for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccination to a broader group of people in early November 2022.
Vaccination is recommended for those at the highest risk of catching JE. 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.
Vaccination is recommended for people who:
*Live and work in one of the listed LGAs (see below)
*Are aged 2 months and older
*Spend significant time outdoors (4 hours per day), for unavoidable work, recreation, education, or other essential activities
*Are living in temporary or flood damaged accommodation (e.g., camps, tents, dwellings exposed to the external environment) that place them at increased risk of exposure to mosquitoes
*Are engaged in the prolonged outdoor recovery efforts (clean up) of stagnant waters following floods
Speak to your GP if you are in a category where vaccination is recommended.
Listed LGAs include:
Unincorporated Far West Area