Typhoid vaccination for travel
There are many countries that require a typhoid travel vaccine before you jet off. These areas are located around the world and the typhoid virus can be found even in Europe.
Though typhoid can be treated, it will leave you with a terrible fever. It can also cause infection, pneumonia, intestinal bleeding or perforation. Without treatment, it could be fatal, which it is in around 20% of all untreated cases.
When should you have a typhoid vaccination?
If you need a typhoid vaccination for your trip, you will need to get it at least two weeks before you travel. Along with getting travel insurance with the right medical coverage for you and your trip, this is an important part in safeguarding your health during your travels.
What countries require a typhoid vaccination?
Typhoid is common in most non-industrialised countries, with the highest risk of typhoid fever occurring in southern Asia. To protect yourself even further, you will want to avoid undercooked foods and drink only bottled drinks or disinfected water.
How long is a typhoid vaccination valid for?
The typhoid vaccination is a very fast-acting vaccine. It allows travellers to visit high-risk areas in as little as two weeks, but it is not as long-lasting as some of the other vaccinations. You will need a booster dose of the vaccination every two years if you travel to typhoid-risk areas regularly.
Are there any side effects to having the typhoid vaccination?
Normal side effects are centralised around the injection site (like a sore arm) and are completely normal. Side effects you will want to consult your doctor about, however, include:
- Stomach issues including pain or even diarrhoea
- Swollen glands
A good way to avoid these side effects is to disclose to your vaccinating GP all the medications you are using, and if you have had another vaccination recently.
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