Why Should You Be Vaccinated Against Typhoid Before Travelling?

If you are traveling to an area that has a high risk of Typhoid infection, it is highly advisable to get the typhoid vaccination before arriving at your destination. The last thing anyone wants is to contract a dangerous illness that jeopardizes your health and ruins your holiday!

Typhoid fever is a serious illness that can be life-threatening if not treated quickly. It is also highly contagious and can be spread easily from person to person.

Typhoid fever is rare in developed countries that have good sewage (waste) and water systems. However, it is still a common problem in some parts of third-world countries that don’t have good sanitizing systems in place.

If you will be traveling to high-risk areas, the Typhoid Vaccine will help protect you from typhoid fever.

The WHO currently recommends caution in the following countries:

·         Africa

·         Asia

·         Latin America

How Does the Typhoid Vaccine Work?

Typhoid vaccinations are used to prevent typhoid fever. Typhoid is caused by a germ called Salmonella typhi. The typhoid vaccine prevents typhoid fever, but it is not 100% effective.

For this reason, it is wise to take preventative measures even if you do have the vaccine. Do your best to avoid any food and water that may be contaminated or infected and avoid all contact with people infected with typhoid.

.The typhoid vaccine is available as a tablet or a one-time injection.


The typhoid vaccine injections should be taken 2 weeks prior to travel. It is safe for everyone over the age of 2.


The typhoid vaccine in tablet form is available for everyone over the age of 6. The treatment consists of four tablets that must be taken every other day. The final dose should be completed at least 1 week before travel.

Schedule your typhoid travel vaccination at Miles Pharmacy travel clinic at any of our South London locations including Banstead, Cheam, and Sutton.


Symptoms of typhoid fever generally begin around 1–3 weeks after exposure to Typhoid.

The two primary symptoms of typhoid fever are rash and a high fever which can reach a dangerous temperature of 104ºF.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Headaches

To avoid the risk of contracting Typhoid Fever, make sure to visit Miles Pharmacy to get your Typhoid Vaccination in Banstead, Sutton, and Cheam or any of our many locations throughout South London. Our travel nurses are always available to help with any travel health and safety questions.