This is a vaccine that decreases the risk of getting typhoid fever, a life-threatening bacterial illness also known as enteric fever.
The typhoid vaccine is given to prevent infection caused by typhoid bacteria. Typhoid fever is most commonly acquired from water or food that has been contaminated by the stool of someone who is infected with the bacteria. Initial symptoms include:
Typhoid fever is uncommon in the United States. Therefore, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) does not recommend routine typhoid vaccination in the United States. The vaccine is recommended for:
There are two types of typhoid vaccines currently available in the United States.
Some additional information about the typhoid vaccine.
Contact your healthcare provider to see if you have been exposed to, or are at risk for, infection with the bacteria that cause typhoid. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the combination hepatitis vaccine.
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