Benefit vs Risk: Typhoid Fever Vaccine

If you are travelling to an area where typhoid fever is prevalent, you may be considering how safe the typhoid fever vaccine is. Like with any medical treatment there are risks of side effects, however the typhoid fever vaccine is considered very safe and severe reactions are rare. In fact, most people won’t have any reaction at all. If they do, the side effects are mild and temporary and will not cause disruption to your daily life. 

Soreness, swelling, or redness at injection side may occur and about 1 out of 100 people will experience a fever. Some may experience abdominal pain, headache or nausea but these symptoms are less common. The risk factor in typhoid fever is much more severe than the risks associated with the vaccine.

What is Typhoid Fever? 
Typhoid fever is caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with the Salmonella Typhi bacteria. Transmission can also occur from close contact with someone who is infected. 

Typhoid Fever is found most often in regions that have poor sanitation such as parts of India, Africa, South America and the Middle East. Symptoms can take up to two weeks to appear and can be extremely uncomfortable. 

Symptoms of Typhoid Fever:

  • A fever
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Bowel changes like diarrhoea or constipation
  • Malaise and muscle aches 

Treatment and Prevention
The only treatment for typhoid fever is antibiotics. Without treatment, symptoms will increase in severity and could result in death. If you are in an area without proper medical facilities, it may be difficult to get the right treatment if you contract typhoid fever. That is why it is vital to protect yourself with a typhoid fever vaccination before potentially being exposed.

You can get your typhoid fever vaccination from Miles Pharmacy’s comprehensive travel vaccination clinic in Epsom. Our friendly and knowledgeable travel clinics can prepare you for your upcoming travel and protect you against potentially fatal diseases. To find out more about travel vaccination in Epsom, visit