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  • CDC Recommended
  • Transmitted through food and water
  • For travelers to India, South East Asia, and South America
  • Two types of vaccine available: injection (one shot) or oral (takes 7 days to complete)
  • Immunity: 5 years (oral), 2 years (injection)

We all want to be protected when we travel. Learning more about Typhoid vaccination is an important first step.

Here are some of the most common questions we hear people ask about it. We hope you find the answers helpful

QuestionWhat you should know before receiving the Typhoid vaccine

What is Typhoid Fever?

Typhoid Fever is a bacterial disease that is passed from person to person through poor hygiene. Carriers of the disease who prepare food typically spread it. The bacteria must be ingested to cause illness.

The key symptom of Typhoid Fever is a prolonged fever, but it's often accompanied by headache, discomfort, cough, and loss of appetite. Diarrhea may also occur.

Approximately 30% of those who become ill will die if not treated.

Where and how common is it?

It is common in South Asia, Parts of South East Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Africa.

What protection is available?

The Typhoid vaccine can prevent illness. There are two different vaccines. One is an inactivated (killed) version that is received as an shot and one is a live attenuated (weakened) vaccine which is taken orally.

Oral Vs. Injection. Which one I need?

Inactivated Typhoid Vaccine (Shot)

  • Protection via one dose.
  • Booster dose needed every 2 years for people who visit the area.

Live Typhoid Vaccine (Oral)

  • Four doses: one capsule every other day for a week (day 1, 3, 5, and 7). Last dose is given at least 1 week before travel begins.
  • Swallow each dose an hour before mealtime with a cold or lukewarm drink. Never chew capsule.
  • Booster needed every 5 years for people who travel to the area
  • If you have enough time to complete it, the oral vaccine provides more immunity and is generally more effective.

Who needs to receive vaccine?

  • Individuals in close contact with anyone infected.
  • Individuals who are traveling to endemic areas.

Is it required?

No, it is highly recommended by CDC.

Did I get it in the past?

Typhoid vaccines are not routine in the United States. You did not get it unless you traveled to the area. Immunity for injection last-2 years for oral-5 years.

What should I expect post vaccine?

Severe reactions for both versions of the vaccine are rare. For injection vaccine redness or swelling may occur at injection site.

Is it covered by insurance?

Usually not. Travel Clinic does not accept insurance for the Typhoid Vaccine.

Who cannot receive it?

  • Children younger than two years of age.
  • Anyone who has had a severe reaction to a previous dose.
  • Anyone who is moderately ill at the time the shot is scheduled.

What else can be done to protect against Typhoid?

Watch what you eat and drink while overseas. Helpful hint: Boil It, Cook It, Peel It-or Forget It!

Only drink bottled water, wash hands frequently with soap and water.

Can the illness be treated?

Yes, Typhoid can be treated with antibiotics.

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