Understanding Encephalitis -- Prevention

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on March 07, 2021

How Can I Prevent Encephalitis?

There has already been considerable progress in preventing some causes of encephalitis.

The elimination of smallpox and the use of vaccines against mumps, measles, and rubella have reduced the incidence of encephalitis, especially in children.

Vaccines have been developed for people who travel to high-risk areas as well.

Other ways to prevent it are to avoid viruses that can lead to the disease (like herpes) and to protect yourself against mosquito and tick bites.

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