TBE in Childhood
Inoculating Children Makes Sense
International experts recently achieved new consensus regarding Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE) in childhood
“TBE in children generally runs a milder course, but severe cases of the illness can occur, and the neuro-psychological consequences can be so severe as to lead to permanent curtailment of quality of life”, according to one of the core resolutions of the Consensus on which experts from numerous European countries have agreed within the framework of the 6th Meeting of the International Scientific Working Group on Tick Borne Encephalitis (ISW TBE) in Tyrol.
The experts provided an overview of the epidemiological situation and age distributions in their own countries and discussed the degree of severity among children, with recommendations regarding inoculation schedules and programmes as well as dosages being put forward, a new analysis of the protection rate of TBE inoculation being presented, and, last but not least, light being cast on the ethical aspects of inoculation in childhood.