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Typhoid Fever Vaccination

The disease is caused by the bacteria Salmonella Typhi and Salmonella Paratyphi A, B or C. Typhoid is transmitted by food and drink that has been contaminated with human faeces or urine (faecal-oral route).

Typhoid can be found throughout the world but it is more common in countries where water or food supplies are liable to be contaminated with human excreta especially in Africa, the Indian Sub-continent, South East Asia and South America.

Typhim Vaccine Summary

Age of Use

2+ years

Doses Required

Just 1



Time before Travel

7-10 days

Booster Required

3 years



Oral Vaccine Summary

Age of Use

6+ years

Doses Required



0, 2, 4 days

Time before Travel

10 days

Booster Required

3 years



When is typhoid fever vaccine indicated?

Give a typhoid vaccination to:

  • Travellers to countries where typhoid is endemic (e.g. south Asia, parts of south east Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Africa), especially if staying with or visiting the local population.
  • Travellers to endemic areas with frequent and/or prolonged exposure to conditions where sanitation and food hygiene are likely to be poor.
  • Laboratory personnel who may handle Salmonella typhi in the course of their work.

Advise the person that not all recipients of typhoid vaccines will be protected against typhoid fever, and they should take all necessary precautions to avoid contact with, or ingestion of, potentially contaminated food or water.

When is typhoid fever vaccine contraindicated?

Do not give inactivated typhoid vaccine if the person:

  • Has a current severe febrile illness.
  • Has had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of typhoid vaccine.
  • Has had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to neomycin (present in trace amount in Hepatyrix® and ViATIM® vaccines).

What are the adverse effects of the typhoid fever vaccine?

Local reactions (pain, swelling, erythema, and induration at injection site) are the most commonly reported symptoms following inactivated typhoid vaccine. These symptoms are usually mild and transient.

Systemic reactions following the vaccine are infrequent. Fever occurs in about 1% of vaccine recipients. Headache, nausea, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain have been reported but are uncommon. There have been rare reports of anaphylaxis.
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Birdsfoot Lane Pharmacy
255 Birdsfoot Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3 2HX
Superintendent Pharmacist : Mr Rupesh Shah
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