Typhoid Vaccine

Typhoid is a serious disease caused by the bacteria, Salmonella Typhi. It is common in countries with poor sanitation and where clean water is limited. If you are travelling to countries in Southeast Asia, South America and the Middle East, you are at risk of infection.

It is important to note that the Typhoid strain is different to other strains of salmonella that are known to cause gastroenteritis. Therefore, immunisation against typhoid is recommended when you travel to the affected areas.

Typhoid can spread through food or water contaminated with faeces or from person-to-person contact who is carrying the bacteria. Flies are also carriers and may transfer the bacteria to food.

Typhoid vaccination is recommended for:

  • Military personnel
  • Laboratory workers who routinely work with Salmonella Typhi
  • Travellers aged >2  years travelling to typhoid-endemic regions
Pharmacists in NSW can administer the typhoid vaccine for people aged 5 years and over.
The vaccine can be administered by the pharmacist without a prescription. For the oral form, you will need to get a prescription from your doctor.

Reference: healthdirect.gov.au

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