What is the typhoid vaccine?
The typhoid vaccine offers incomplete protection against the transmission of the S. typhi bacteria which causes typhoid fever.It is given prior to travel to areas where typhoid fever is present. The S. typhi bacteria is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Since the vaccine is not 100% effective in preventing typhoid fever, taking the vaccine does not eliminate the need to observe food and water precautions when traveling.
Are there different forms of the vaccine?
There are three typhoid vaccines available:
How should I decide which form of the vaccine to take?
Your local health care provider or travel clinic will help you choose a vaccine based on the length of time until your departure and other vaccines or prescriptions you will receive.