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Vaccines to Prevent Typhoid Fever
Routine typhoid vaccination is not recommended in the United States, but typhoid vaccine is recommended for certain groups of people.
Typhoid (typhoid fever) is a serious disease. If it is not treated, it can kill up to 30% of people who get it.
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 (killed) vaccine gotten as a shot, and the other is live, attenuated (weakened) vaccine, which is taken orally (by mouth).
Typhoid vaccine is recommended for:
Either vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
Typhoid (typhoid fever) is a serious disease. It is caused by bacteria called Salmonella Typhi. Typhoid causes a high fever, weakness, stomach pains, headache, loss of appetite, and sometimes a rash. If it is not treated, it can kill up to 30% of people who get it.
Some people who get typhoid become “carriers,” who can spread the disease to others.
Generally, people get typhoid from contaminated food or water.
Typhoid is not common in the United States, and most U.S. citizens who get the disease get it while traveling. Typhoid strikes about 21 million people a year around the world and kills about 200,000.