Typhoid Travel Vaccine

Item: Typhoid
Schedule: Single Dose
Price (per dose): £65

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Typhoid fever is contracted through contaminated food or water, a bacterial infection that causes acute inflammation of the liver leading to severe illness for 2 – 3 weeks. The bacteria responsible is similar to salmonella, a particularly nasty form of food poisoning. Unlike salmonella, if left untreated it can develop into a very serious condition which may require hospitalisation. In very bad cases it can be fatal.

The symptoms tend to develop 1 – 2 weeks after being infected with the Salmonella typhi bacteria. Treated properly you’ll improve within 3 – 5 days. Untreated it gets worse over the course of a few weeks and can result in life-threatening complications, taking weeks or even months to recover with a real risk of the disease returning. Common typhoid symptoms include:

  • Lost appetite
  • Headache
  • General aches and pains, including stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Constipation (commonest in adults)
  • Diarrhoea (commonest in children)
  • A rash of small pink spots
  • Confusion

Typhoid fever is common in most parts of the world, with the exception of industrialised nations like the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and Japan. If you’re travelling to the developing world, it makes sense to get immunised.

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wash or sanitise your hands frequently, the very best way to avoid infection
  • Avoid drinking untreated water. Stick to bottled or boiled water and avoid ice. Remember fizzy bottled water is safer than still bottled water
  • Use clean cups and glasses
  • Use bottled water to brush your teeth
  • Don’t swallow water in the shower or bath
  • Avoid raw fruit and veg, which might have been washed in contaminated water. The same goes for salad, especially lettuce. To be 100% safe, avoid raw foods completely and stick to hot food
  • Avoid food stored or served at room temperature
  • Avoid food from street vendors

Typhoid Injection

  • Vaccine name – Typhim VI
  • Property – an inactivated polysaccharide vaccine administered by injection into the dorsal muscle in your arm
  • Dose – a 0.5ml pre-filled syringe
  • Course – one dose ideally 2 weeks before travel – but we can give it immediately before you travel if necessary
  • Booster – every 3 years
  • Side effects – local pain, redness, inflammation, flu like symptoms
  • Special instructions – you can also get typhoid immunisation orally instead of an injection
  • Special Certificate requirements – none

Oral typhoid immunisation

  • Vaccine name – Vivotiff
  • Property – a live attenuated vaccine, tablets given by mouth
  • Dose – capsules
  • Course – 3 doses taken on days 1, 3 and 5
  • Booster – every 1-3 years
  • Side effects – local pain, redness, inflammation, flu like symptoms and gastrointestinal disturbance. It can also cause immune system problems in pregnant women
  • Special instructions – Store your capsules in the fridge. Take each capsule an hour before a meal. Do not crush or open the capsule. Swallow it whole with a cold drink. Suitable for people aged 6 and over

Three years.

As well a typhoid fever vaccinations, we provide the full range of common immunisation preparations, tablets and injections for people living in London and those visiting the city.

You have a choice of options. One of our expert travel nurses will recommend the best solution for you depending on your specific circumstances. You can even combine it with Hepatitis A and oral capsules if necessary.

  • Typhoid (Typhim Vi) – Single dose – £51 per dose
  • Hepatitis A and Typhoid (Viatim) – Single dose – £106 per dose

Our London Travel Clinics

All 3 of our centrally located travel clinics are convenient for people living and working in London. Liverpool Street, London Bridge and High St Kensington. We are open early morning, lunchtime, evening and weekends and provide all of the vaccinations and medications that you need.