Updated: December 15, 2017
Typhoid or typhoid fever is a serious disease caused by bacteria called Salmonella Typhi. High fever, fatigue, weakness, stomach pains, headache, loss of appetite, and sometimes a rash are the most common symptoms of typhoid.
If it is not treated, it can be fatal. Usually, people get typhoid from contaminated food or water. Some people who get typhoid become carriers who can spread the disease to others.
Typhoid vaccine can prevent typhoid. There are two vaccines to prevent typhoid. One is an inactivated or killed vaccine gotten as a shot. The other is a live, attenuated or weakened vaccine which is taken orally.
Typhoid vaccine is recommended for:
Either vaccine may safely be given at the same time as other vaccines.
For more information speak to your doctor.
There are chances of side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Serious reactions are also possible but are rare.
Some of the mild Problems following inactivated typhoid vaccine include:
For live typhoid vaccine, mild reactions could be
Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness. These would start a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination. If you have severe allergic reaction, very high fever, or behavior changes , call 9-1-1 or find the nearest hospital.
The reaction should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) through the VAERS website or by calling 1-800-822-7967. VAERS is only for reporting reactions. They do not give medical advice.
If you are injured by a vaccine, you can file a claim in National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) by calling 1-800-338-2382 or visiting the VICP website to get the compensation.
Your doctor can give you the vaccine package insert or suggest other sources of information.
You can call your local or state health department or can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by:
Calling 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO)
Visiting CDC vaccines website
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