Typhoid Fever (cont.)

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Can typhoid fever be prevented?

For those traveling to high-risk areas, vaccines are now available. The vaccine is usually not recommended in the U.S. There are two forms of the vaccine available an oral and an injectable form. The vaccination needs to be completed at least one week prior to travel and, depending on the type of vaccine, only protects from two to five years. The oral vaccine is contraindicated in patients with depressed immune systems. Details of the vaccination and the vaccine you chose should be discussed with your health-care provider.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease

REFERENCE:

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Typhoid Fever." Oct. 24, 2005. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/
TyphoidFever_g.htm>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/24/2014

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