This vaccine is used to help prevent typhoid fever. Vaccines work by increasing the body's natural defense (immunity) against the bacteria that cause the infection.
This vaccine is recommended for people who are traveling to areas where the infection is common (e.g., Africa, Asia, Central/South America), those who are in close contact to someone with persistent typhoid infection, and those who work with the bacteria (Salmonella typhi) in a laboratory.
This vaccine is used to prevent the disease and will not treat typhoid fever or a persistent typhoid infection.
Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care professional before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, ask your health care professional.
This vaccine is given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm (for adults) or into the muscle of the thigh or upper arm (for children) by a health care professional.
This vaccine should be given as a single injection at least 2 weeks before possible exposure to typhoid fever. It can be given every 2 years thereafter if needed.
Redness, tenderness, hardening skin, and pain at the injection site may occur. Headache or muscle pain may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Infrequently, temporary symptoms such as fainting/dizziness/lightheadedness, vision changes, numbness/tingling, or seizure-like movements have happened after vaccine injections. Tell your health care provider right away if you have any of these symptoms soon after receiving an injection. Sitting or lying down may relieve symptoms.
Remember that your health care professional has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Contact the doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US you may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. In Canada, you may call the Vaccine Safety Section at Public Health Agency of Canada at 1-866-844-0018.
Before receiving this vaccine, tell your health care professional if you are allergic to it; or to other vaccines; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before receiving this vaccination, tell your health care professional your medical history, especially of: bleeding/clotting disorders (e.g., thrombocytopenia), immune system problems (e.g., HIV infection, leukemia), radiation treatment, current fever/illness.
During pregnancy, this vaccine should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this vaccine passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this vaccine include: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), cancer chemotherapy, corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, dexamethasone), drugs that weaken the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine, tacrolimus).
As with any vaccine, this vaccine may not fully protect everyone who receives it.
Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Protect from light. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Information last revised March 2015. Copyright(c) 2015 First Databank, Inc.
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