Are you prepared?
Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness.3 You can get it by eating food or drinking water contaminated with unseen Salmonella Typhi bacteria. Typhoid fever is more common in areas where sanitation is likely to be poor, so when travelling to Asia, Africa or Latin America, you can be at risk.3
* Not all vaccinated persons will be fully protected against typhoid fever even after a full course of Vivotif®
Typhoid fever areas at risk 4†
If you are travelling to the areas at risk, you should learn how you can protect yourself from typhoid fever.3
Signs and symptoms
After Salmonella Typhi bacteria has been ingested, they multiply and spread to your bloodstream. A sustained fever, as high as 40°C (104°F), is one of many ways the body can react.3
The only way to confirm an illness is through stool or blood sample testing.3
If you suspect you or a loved one has typhoid fever, consult a healthcare professional immediately.3
What can you do?
Typhoid fever can be prevented.3
Protect yourself two ways:3
1 Avoid risky food and drinks
2 Get vaccinated with a vaccine like orally taken Vivotif®1
Ask your healthcare professional about Vivotif®
Complete the course of Vivotif® at least 1 week before you leave for your trip1
* As with all vaccines, not all vaccinated persons will be fully protected against typhoid fever.1 Travellers should take all necessary precautions to avoid contact with or ingestion of potentially contaminated food or water.3
Gain a healthy respect for the risks of typhoid fever, before you
Ask your healthcare professional about protecting yourself from typhoid fever.3
Vivotif® is a vaccine for adults and children 5 years of age and older intended to help prevent typhoid fever caused by Salmonella Typhi. This protection lasts for 7 years. Vivotif® does not treat typhoid fever once it develops and does not protect against other intestinal organisms. Immunization should be completed at least one week prior to exposure/departure. Not everyone who gets vaccinated will be fully protected, therefore, precautions necessary to avoid possibly contaminated food or water should still be taken. Allergic reactions and side effects such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, flu-like illness, headache and rash may occur.1 Before you use Vivotif®, talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have fever or an illness in your gut, if you are or think you might be pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding.1
Side effects and what to do about them
The following side effects were reported most commonly (that is in less than one in ten persons but more than in one in hundred persons) in clinical studies:1
Stomach pain, feeling or being sick (nausea and vomiting), diarrhea, fever, flu-like illness, headache and rash.
Side effects that have been reported very rarely (that is in less than one in ten thousand persons) during normal use include:1
Skin irritation, rashes, red or lumpy raised rashes, itching and hives. Severe allergic reactions with drops of blood pressure and loss of consciousness. Weakness, generally feeling unwell, shivering, tiredness, pins and needles, dizziness, joint and muscle pain.
These symptoms disappear spontaneously within a few days. This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking Vivotif®, contact your doctor or pharmacist.1
The cost of Vivotif® may be covered by your private insurance. Contact your insurance provider and give the DIN (drug identification number) below to find out:
Find a vaccinating clinic offering the typhoid vaccine
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