Not all GP clinics in Melbourne stock travel vaccinations, however Yarra Medical stocks a full range of travel vaccines including Typhoid vaccine.
There are three types of typhoid vaccination available in Australia, plus an additional one that includes the hepatitis A vaccine. It is important to note that typhoid vaccines are not 100 per cent effective; around 20 to 50 per cent of those exposed to typhoid fever will contract it. If travelling to a high risk area, such as developing countries with poor sanitation, you need to book an appointment with us to receive the vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to departure. Also, the vaccines do not last indefinitely, so even if you have received the vaccination in the past, you may need it again. Come in and speak with us to find out more.
Typhoid vaccine side effects
The side effects of the typhoid vaccines generally include headache, mild fever or swelling at the injection site. These symptoms are usually mild and do not require any specific treatment.
What is typhoid fever?
Typhoid, or typhoid fever, is a bacterial infection that is usually contracted in places with unsafe water or poor sanitation. It is caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi and infects the intestinal tract and bloodstream. An infected person carries the bacterium in their faeces and urine, and if they don’t wash their hands after going to the toilet, they can then spread it to surfaces that may come into contact with food or be touched by other people. If left untreated, typhoid fever kills one in five patients.
What are the symptoms of typhoid fever?
There are many symptoms of typhoid fever, which include fever, fatigue, sore throat, cough, headache and abdominal pain. Complications of typhoid can include intestinal bleeding, intestinal perforation, meningitis, and inflammation or infection of organs.
You are at greater risk of contracting typhoid if you:
- travel to areas where typhoid is widespread
- come to Australia from places where typhoid is widespread
- have contact with anyone who is infected
- are a young child, who is at greater risk of infection than adults
Did you know…?
The earliest typhoid vaccines were developed by German and British researchers in 1896, and were in fact some of the first bacterial vaccines to be created. These early vaccines were plagued with quality problems and came with some pretty nasty side effects, but they were much improved by World War I and used by all major powers to protect travellers and troops alike.
For more information please view the Better Health website.
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