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Typhoid

About this service

Typhoid fever is a serious illness contracted by eating food or drinking water contaminated by the Salmonella bacteria. It may also be spread by being in close contact with another infected person. It is most commonly found in developing areas of the world such as Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

People who get Typhoid fever can become very sick with high fever, weakness, stomach pain, and headache. According to Centers of Disease Control (CDC), about 300 cases of typhoid are diagnosed in the United States each year. Most of those cases are travelers who did not take the proper precautions before leaving on their trip.

The good news is that there are ways to protect yourself and reduce your risks of getting Typhoid fever. Whether traveling for business or pleasure or to visit family and friends, it is important to be prepared. We can help you protect yourself and your family before leaving on a trip.

What to know before your visit

There are two types of typhoid vaccine to protect against typhoid. One is an inactivated (killed) vaccine given as a shot. The other is a live, attenuated (weakened) vaccine which is a pill. The type of vaccine that is best for you depends on your health history.

No vaccine can give you 100% protection. It is important to get the vaccine 1 to 2 weeks before travel for the best protection. It is still important to be careful with what you eat and drink.

The vaccine does not protect you for life. You may need to be vaccinated again if it has been 2+ years since your last vaccine.

If you have a fever or are taking antibiotics, you may need to wait before receiving the vaccine.

Patients with the following may be directed to another health care setting:

  • Women who are breast feeding
  • Anyone presenting with complaints that may suggest exposure to Typhoid

What to expect at your visit

  1. Sign in at the electronic kiosk to see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.* No appointment necessary.
  2. Your practitioner will review your medical history, assess your travel designation(s), provide risks and benefits of typhoid vaccines, and discuss food and water smart tips.
  3. You will be provided with a personalized prevention plan. Your treatment will be based on the level of risk as determined by your travel destination(s). Your practitioner will help to determine which form of the vaccine is appropriate for you.
  4. After receiving your vaccine, your practitioner may ask you to stay in the waiting for 15 minutes to make sure that there is no allergic or adverse reaction.
  5. At the end of your visit, your practitioner will provide you with a summary, a receipt and educational material.
  6. The summary of your visit can be sent to your primary care provider with your permission.

*MinuteClinic® employs physician assistants in select states. See here for details.

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