Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection that can spread throughout the body, affecting many organs. Without prompt treatment, it can cause serious complications and can be fatal.
The main symptoms of typhoid fever are:
- a high temperature that can reach 39 to 40C
- general aches and pains
As the infection progresses, you may lose your appetite, feel sick, and have a tummy ache and diarrhoea. Some people may develop a rash.
1. How do you catch it?
Typhoid is most commonly caught through drinking water or eating food that is contaminated by infected human faeces or urine.
Avoid eating or drinking contaminated food and water (stick to bottled water!) and should wash hands before preparing or eating food. A vaccination is also available.
3. Vaccination options
Vaccination is recommended for anyone planning to travel to parts of the world where typhoid fever is widespread.
Number of doses? 1 dose
When to do the course? Ideally 1-2 weeks before travel.
Booster doses? A single booster dose is recommended every 3 years if at continued risk.
Age restrictions? Vaccine is available for anyone 2 years and above.
4. At risk destinations
Typhoid is prevalent in areas that have poor sanitation and limited access to clean water. This can be an issue in many destinations across the world, including countries in South Asia such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
5. Our service
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