Vaccine and prophylaxis

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Typhoid Vaccination

Vaccination schedule (injectable typhoid vaccination)

Typhoid vaccine can be given to persons two years of age and older. The vaccine becomes effective about 7 days after the injection. Travellers should allow adequate time for vaccination before departure to high risk areas.

Minimum duration of protection is at least three years. Booster doses are desirable for those at continuous risk of infection.


Recommendations

Vaccination is recommended to those subject to unusual exposure to typhoid from occupation, those travelling to endemic areas, especially individuals staying in those areas for more than 1 month.


Adverse reactions

A slight localised pain is common following the injection. Inflammation or local induration is not commonly seen. A slight rise in body temperature occurs in 1 - 5 % of cases.


Contraindications

Vaccinations should not be administered if the patient is known to be hypersensitive to one of the vaccine components (e.g. phenol, purified Vi capsular polysaccharide of Salmonella typhi). Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant.

 

Last revision date: 15 August 2016