Typhoid

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Typhoid requires 3-doses for full protection. To book, select a travel consultation appointment with one of our expert travel nurses.

Typhoid Vaccination Oral Capsules
Single Typhoid Vaccination £45 -
Course of Oral Treatment: 3 doses required - £37.50
Total cost including travel consultation fee £65 £57.50

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Typhoid Prevention

Typhoid fever is a highly contagious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. It is most common in areas of the world where there are poor standards of hygiene and limited access to clean water. It is thought that there are 21 million cases each year of typhoid and the majority of cases occur in Asia, Africa and Latin/South America.

Typhoid fever causes fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, constipation or diarrhoea, and can lead to intestinal perforation and meningitis which can be fatal.

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How do we vaccinate against Typhoid?

Typhoid is a vaccine-preventable disease.

The vaccination is either a single injection (Typhim), or a course of 3 tablets (Vivotif) given on alternate days. Typhoid vaccination is also available in combination with Hepatitis A (Viatim) for individuals over 16 years of age.

The typhoid vaccination is suitable for anyone over the age of 2 years old (6 years old for tablets) travelling to an area of risk. A booster dose is advised every three years for those travellers who are at continued risk of Typhoid.

How many doses do I need?

For the injection, you will need to get one dose typhoid vaccine at least two weeks before you travel and then a booster vaccine every two years.

For the oral vaccine you will need three doses and then a booster every five years.

Who is the Typhoid vaccine for?

Typhoid is common in parts of the world with poor sanitation.

This includes parts of Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh particularly), Africa, the Carribean, Central and South America and the Middle East. If you are planning a trip to any of those countries, you should consider a Typhoid vaccine. It’s particularly important if you’re planning to live or work closely with local people.

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How does Typhoid spread?

Typhoid is spread by contaminated food and water or close contact with an infected person.

Anyone who is currently ill and people who have recently recovered but are still passing the bacteria in their stools can spread typhoid. This can mean that an infected person who hasn’t washed their hands after going to the toilet prepares food for you, it can be transmitted to you. Similarly any water contaminated with sewage containing typhoid bacteria that you drink or use to wash food, can infect you.

What are the symptoms of Typhoid?

The most common symptoms of typhoid are:

  • High temperature (39- 40C)
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Bodily aches and pains
  • Cough
  • Constipation

How can I prevent Typhoid?

Travellers should exercise caution with food and water by:

  • Ensuring all food is cooked thoroughly and served hot
  • Sticking to bottled water only with a seal or boiled water– no tap water
  • Avoiding ice (usually made from tap water)
  • Only consuming fruit that can be peeled or sliced without contamination (such as bananas)
  • Avoiding high risk food such as shellfish, raw or rare meat, salad, buffet food, reheated food
  • Wash your hand regularly, particularly before eating or handling food

Book your travel vaccinations online

Book Appointment

Typhoid requires 3-doses for full protection. To book, select a travel consultation appointment with one of our expert travel nurses.

Typhoid Vaccination Oral Capsules
Single Typhoid Vaccination £45 -
Course of Oral Treatment: 3 doses required - £37.50
Total cost including travel consultation fee £65 £57.50

Fleet Street Clinic is not a VAT registered company

Vaccinations at Fleet Street Clinic

Travelling the world is one of life’s greatest joys, whether it be a holiday or a business trip.

Visiting different countries and experiencing different cultures is extremely exciting but unfortunately it does come with some increased health risks. We understand seeking travel health advice isn’t the most exciting aspect of planning your trip but travelling unprepared dramatically increases your risk of getting an incurable or even fatal preventable-disease.

A consultation with an expert travel nurse and a couple of vaccinations could be the difference between you staying healthy and enjoying your travels and you being seriously unwell.

FAQs

You should get the typhoid vaccine if you are travelling to a country considered high risk for typhoid and your typhoid protection has expired. Booster jabs are required every 3 years to continue protection, therefore, if you are traveling multiple times within that 3-year period you will not need to have further vaccinations until that booster has expired.

Antibiotics are the only effective treatment for typhoid. Aside from this rest and fluids are important to remain hydrated. In some rare circumstances, it can affect other organs and surgery is needed for treatment.

This is more of a personal choice rather than which is “better”. You can discuss your options with our travel nurses, they may recommend one over the other for a variety of reasons including medical history. The injection is a shorter course of treatment but is the more expensive option. If you are unsure which option to go with, we would suggest booking a travel consultation to help you decide.

Like most injections, you may experience redness and swelling at the injection site. Side effects such as a raised temperature and headache are extremely rare but possible with the typhoid vaccine.

We will discuss your travel plans in detail, so a copy of your travel itinerary including proposed dates of travel, destination(s) you’re travelling to and length of your stay are all helpful details for our nurses. We’ll also discuss your health so information about your vaccination history to date is useful, as well as any medication you are currently taking.

We will most likely vaccinate you upper arm, we would therefore advise you to wear loose comfortable clothing for ease of access to your upper arm for vaccination.