Typhoid, or typhoid fever, is a nasty infectious disease endemic to many parts of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. It is caused by salmonella in faeces contaminating food and drinks, and is associated with poor hand hygiene and poor sanitation. Once ingested, symptoms take six to thirty days to begin, and include high, long lasting fever, abdominal pain, headache, loss of appetite and severe weight loss. Symptoms can last for up to a month, giving this infection the opportunity to truly ruin a holiday.
were 12.5 million cases of typhoid worldwide, and doctors are now seeing cases of antibiotic resistant typhoid. In some cases, it can take two or more courses of antibiotics to fully treat the infection. If left untreated, typhoid can lead to delirium, bowel perforation, and even death.
Prevention is always better than cure, and the typhoid vaccine has been used since the early 1900s. It provides up to 90% protection from typhoid, and this protection lasts for at least two years. Children up to the age of 19 are affected by typhoid more often than adults, so if you are leaving for a gap year, or are travelling after leaving school or college, it is important to book in for typhoid vaccination before you leave the UK.
Typhoid treatment involves addressing dehydration with oral rehydration fluids, and antibiotics. In 2015, there
Our travel clinic is conveniently located on Sydenham Road, and offers a multitude of travel health vaccinations and treatments. From rabies to hepatitis vaccination, our vaccine specialists can advise on vaccines, including the typhoid vaccine, depending on the exact details of your trip abroad. We aim to be accessible to all, and all of our vaccines are competitively priced, with the typhoid vaccine costing just £30 per dose. We take a holistic care, and can offer advice on sun cream, insect repellents and children’s health abroad to ensure you are able to start your holiday free from health worries.
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