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Introducing the first ever Chikungunya vaccine - IXCHIQ

Embarking on international travel is an exciting adventure filled with new experiences and discoveries. However, amidst the excitement, it's crucial to consider potential health risks, including mosquito-borne diseases like Chikungunya. Fortunately, a new hero has emerged in the form of the Chikungunya vaccine, offering travelers protection and peace of mind as they explore the world. Let's delve into how this breakthrough can safeguard your international adventures.

Understanding Chikungunya:

Chikungunya is a viral illness transmitted to humans through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, primarily Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. While rarely fatal, it can cause debilitating symptoms such as fever, severe joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash. The name "Chikungunya" is derived from a Tanzanian word meaning "to become contorted," describing the stooped appearance of those afflicted with joint pain.

The virus was first identified in Tanzania in the 1950s, but it gained significant attention in recent decades due to its rapid spread to new regions, including the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Its ability to cause large-scale outbreaks and its impact on public health have made Chikungunya a considerable concern for governments, health organizations, and communities worldwide.

Risk Areas:




Timor Leste

And many more - see risk areas here: Areas at Risk for Chikungunya | Chikungunya virus | CDC

About the Vaccine:

IXCHIQ received approval by the FDA in November 2023 and is indicated for individuals 18 years of age and older. It is administered as a single dose by injection into the muscle. It contains a live, weakened version of the chikungunya virus and may cause symptoms in the vaccine recipient similar to those experienced by people who have chikungunya disease.

The safety of IXCHIQ was evaluated in two clinical studies conducted in North America in which about 3,500 participants 18 years of age and older received a dose of the vaccine with one study including about 1,000 participants who received a placebo. The most commonly reported side effects by vaccine recipients were headache, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, fever, nausea and tenderness at the injection site.

In addition, although not commonly reported, severe chikungunya-like adverse reactions that prevented daily activity and/or required medical intervention occurred in 1.6% of IXCHIQ recipients and none of the placebo recipients. Two recipients with severe chikungunya-like adverse reactions were hospitalized. In addition, some recipients had prolonged chikungunya-like adverse reactions that lasted for at least 30 days. The Prescribing Information includes a warning to inform that the vaccine may cause severe or prolonged chikungunya-like adverse reactions.

Travelers are encouraged to prioritize their health and well-being by seeking vaccination and adhering to recommended preventive measures during their journeys. By staying informed, proactive, and vigilant, travelers can minimize their risk of Chikungunya infection and ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience. To find out if IXCHIQ is right for you, schedule a consultation with us today!


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