About the vaccine
- When to get vaccinated: At least two weeks before travel. It can also be given closer to you travel date but this leaves you at a greater risk of contracting the disease.
- How it is given: There are two different typhoid vaccines. One is an injection, the other consists of a course of tablets. Which vaccine is suitable for you depends on your age and medical history.
- Course: One dose if you receive the typhoid injection. The oral vaccine consists of three capsules taken over a course of five days.
- Boosters: The typhoid vaccine protects you for three years. After that, you will need a booster if you travel to a risk area.
- Side effects: Side effects of the vaccine can include fever, soreness at the injection site and digestive problems.
- Children: The vaccine is suitable for children over the age of two.
- Additional precautions: In addition to getting vaccinated, you need to practise food safety.
- Risk if you contract typhoid: Typhoid causes similar symptoms as food poisoning. If it is not immediately diagnosed and treated it can lead to permanent disabilities or death.
- Before the appointment: Don’t eat for one hour before your appointment if you are to use the vaccine which consists of tablets.
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There are two different typhoid vaccines available in the UK. One is administered orally, the other consists of an intramuscular injection. The oral vaccine consists of three capsules, which need to be taken on alternate days. This type of vaccine is not suitable for people with a weak immune system and is not recommended for children. Superdrug travel clinics only provide the oral vaccine for patients who can’t have the injection.
The typhoid vaccine causes side effects in some patients. Common side effects are soreness around the infection site, as well as swelling and redness. It is also very common to experience a high temperature after the injection. Less common side effects of the vaccine include abdominal pain, headache, nausea and diarrhoea.
Superdrug travel clinics provide the typhoid injection. It is suitable for children from the age of two and provides protection for three years. The vaccine consists of one single dose, which should be administered two weeks before entering a country with a high risk of typhoid. We also provide the oral vaccination in cases where the injection is not suitable.
The typhoid vaccine provides effective protection and is recommended when travelling to a country with a high incidence. The NHS states, that typhoid fever is not common in the UK – only 500 cases occur each year. Most people who develop the infection contract it while visiting relatives in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan.
What is typhoid?
Typhoid fever is caused by a bacterium called Salmonella typhi. It is a highly contagious and potentially lethal disease, which spreads via contaminated foods and water. As typhoid bacteria are primarily found in faeces, the infection is particularly common in regions with poor sanitation. Common symptoms of typhoid fever include a high temperature, headaches, nausea, muscle pain, digestion problems such as constipation or diarrhoea, tiredness and confusion. Some patients also experience a rash.
While travelling through an area with a high typhoid incidence, you should follow some simple rules to avoid an infection with typhoid fever. Avoid eating raw vegetables and fruit, especially if they have been cut. It is also advisable to wash hands frequently, especially before preparing food and eating. The most common source of infection is contaminated water.
In order to prevent typhoid, you should stick to drinking bottled or boiled water. The typhoid vaccine is very effective at preventing the illness. If you are travelling to an area with a high risk of typhoid and hepatitis A, we can offer a combined vaccination course which covers both conditions.
Use this page to see which vaccinations you need when travelling.
Typhoid is uncommon in the UK and most European countries. The infection is known to occur in large parts of the African continent, Central America, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. It is also endemic to regions in South America as well as Asia. You can check whether you need protection against typhoid in the country your visiting by searching for the country here.
According to the World Health Organisation, 21 million people suffer from typhoid every year, with the majority of cases occurring on the Asian continent. The most recent major outbreak of typhoid occurred in the Republic of Congo in 2005. It involved over 40 000 cases of typhoid fever and led to 214 deaths.
Typhoid treatment needs to start as soon as possible after infection to prevent complications. Typhoid tablets contain an antibiotic, which kills the bacteria. Patients usually feel better within a couple of days. If left untreated, typhoid can be lethal. The infection is also known to cause physical as well as mental disabilities if it is not treated or treated with delay. Infected individuals can continue to spread the bacteria, even after the symptoms have subsided.
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