Typhoid FeverVaccine

Anyone planning on traveling abroad might want to consider receiving a typhoid fever vaccine. While this vaccination is not required for admittance into many countries like the yellow fever vaccine is, it can prevent the painful and sometimes fatal symptoms that occur after being infected with typhoid fever.

You can find out which countries carry a higher risk of typhoid fever infection by consulting CDC’s Travelers’ Health Guide.

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FAQs Typhoid Fever Vaccine

What is typhoid fever?

Typhoid fever is an infection caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. Symptoms and the duration of their onset after infection can vary greatly.

How do you get typhoid fever?

The Salmonella typhi bacteria are usually transmitted orally when someone eats contaminated food or food that has come into contact with insects that have fed upon feces. Some unchlorinated groundwater sources located near latrines or septic systems can also contain typhoid-causing bacteria.

What are typhoid fever symptoms?

After six to ten days of infection a high fever develops accompanied by fatigue, abdominal pain, headaches, and constipation. Nausea and vomiting are possible, but uncommon. Confusion and deliriousness can develop if the disease is left untreated. A skin rash consisting of rose-colored spots is also a common symptom.

Untreated typhoid cases can sometimes be fatal.

What countries have a risk of typhoid fever?

Typhoid fever can occur all over the world. Good hygiene practices, sanitary food preparation, the chlorination of public water sources, and habitual hand washing all significantly reduce the odds of transmission or infection. Typhoid is more commonly seen in undeveloped countries that do not have modern sanitation or hygiene practices. Some countries may have a low incidence of typhoid in certain areas while having a higher risk in certain rural or poor urban areas.

How can I prevent acquiring typhoid fever?

Having a vaccine can prevent the infection from developing into symptoms but reducing your exposure is the best practice. Typhoid fever transmission occurs only during food handling or hygiene practices that are not up to standard.

To reduce your risk of acquiring typhoid-causing bacterium:

  • Always wash your hands before every meal, after going to the bathroom and after making contact with unsanitary substances like mud
  • Drink only bottled water or water that has been boiled for at least one minute
  • Avoid ice. Ask for drinks with no ice and do not eat popsicles or flavored ices. The water used to make these iced products could be from a contaminated source.
  • Only eat hot foods that have been thoroughly cooked
  • Avoid raw vegetables unless they can be peeled and rinsed using a clean water source. Lettuce and leafy vegetables in particular are vulnerable to contamination
  • Do not consume food or beverages from street vendors