Typhoid vaccine - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Typhoid vaccine helps protect against typhoid fever in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.

Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella typhi bacteria which is acquired via ingestion of contaminated food or water. Symptoms of typhoid fever are high fever, fatigue, weakness, stomach pain, headache, loss of appetite, and rash.

This vaccine is recommended for people who are travelling to countries where there is a risk of catching typhoid fever or people living in countries where there is a risk of catching typhoid fever.
How do I take this medicine?
Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Typhoid vaccine is available in capsule form.

Take it on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before a meal. Swallow it whole as soon as possible after placing it in your mouth. Do not chew or crush the capsule. The capsule should be taken with a cold or lukewarm beverage.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not take this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Typhoid vaccine.

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • a very weak immune system
  • acute severe febrile illness (a rapid onset of fever and symptoms such as headache, chills or muscle and joint pains)
as Typhoid vaccine may not be suitable for you.

Do not give this medicine to children younger than 6 years of age.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • moderate or severe illness (with or without fever)
  • bleeding disorders
  • persistent diarrhoea or vomiting
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Notify your doctor if you are planning to have other vaccinations.
What side effects could I experience?
Typhoid vaccine may cause any of the following side effects: headache, fever, fainting, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and skin rash.

If you develop signs and symptoms of allergic reactions (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes), stop the medicine and alert your doctor immediately.

Inform the doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Do not take Typhoid vaccine until at least 3 days after taking antibiotics.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicine for malaria e.g. chloroquine, proguanil
  • medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. azathioprine, belimumab
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in the refrigerator, between 2-8 °C. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on typhoid vaccine - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2022 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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