Most ticks start getting active again in March. The ticks found in Europe mainly transmit two diseases: tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease.
The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommends that people who live or stay in an endemic region (area where ticks are constantly present in high numbers) get vaccinated against TBE. However, the vaccine against TBE does not protect against Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection and is usually treated with antibiotics.
A basic immunisation against TBE can begin at any time. For a multi-year vaccination against TBE three vaccinations are needed. It is also possible to build up immunity against TBE in the short term.
If you have any further questions, please contact your physician.