What is Typhoid Oral?
Typhoid is a serious disease that is caused by Salmonella typhi, which is a bacteria. It causes weakness, high fever, stomach pain, a loss of appetite, diarrhea, dehydration and rash. In some cases, if it is not treated, it can even cause death. In most cases, typhoid is contracted from contaminated water or food. It is not common in the U.S. but affects approximately 21 million people around the world each year, killing 200,000 of them.
The oral typhoid vaccine is a newer alternative to the older injectable form of typhoid vaccine. It is approved for individuals age seven years and older. Oral typhoid vaccine as protective against typhoid disease as is the injectable form; however, the oral typhoid vaccine will provides at least five years of protection, where as the injectable typhoid vaccine provides only two years of immunity.
As with any vaccine or medication, an assessment of an individual’s medical history and specific travel plans by a health care professional is necessary before giving the oral typhoid vaccine.
Who needs a Typhoid Oral vaccine? When?
Many people who will be traveling out of our country to areas of the world where the food and water supply may not be as safe as it is here should consider getting this vaccination.
The oral typhoid vaccine is given as a series of four small capsules which are to be swallowed one every other day over the course of a week. This series of oral typhoid capsules should be completed at least one week before travel.
However, the oral vaccination should not be given to anyone with a compromised immune system; nor to pregnant women or nursing mothers.
What are the risks of the Typhoid Oral vaccine?
There may be a few mild and transient side effects occasionally associated with this oral vaccination. These may including any of the following: diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, low grade fever, headache or skin rash. If a more serious reaction is noticed, then you should contact your doctor right away.
How can I learn more about the Typhoid Oral vaccine?
Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.