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Typherix product overview

You should always consult a healthcare professional for further information.

What Typherix is and what is it used for?

Typherix is a vaccine which helps prevent typhoid fever, an infectious illness caused by a type of bacteria called salmonella typhi. When you are given the vaccine your body will make antibodies (your body’s natural defence system) against the Salmonella typhi bacteria. This will protect you against typhoid fever.

Typhoid fever

Typhoid fever is an infectious illness caused by bacteria, Salmonella typhi. It is caused and spread by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Since the bacteria are present in the bowel movement (motion), the infection can occur in any country but it more commonly occurs in places or countries with poor personal or public hygiene.
The main signs of the illness include:

  • headache
  • pains in the stomach
  • constipation or diarrhoea
  • and a fever that may last for one or two weeks

Patients normally get better after about four weeks, but relapses can occur. Typherix will only prevent disease caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhi and not against other salmonella bacteria that can cause food poisoning or gastroenteritis.

How is Typherix given?

Typherix is injected into the muscle in your upper arm. The vaccine is suitable for those aged two years and older. Your doctor will give you instructions on when to receive Typherix vaccine. If you remain at risk of catching typhoid fever, your doctor may recommend a second dose of Typherix within three years of the first dose.

For further information on Typherix please see:

Typherix Patient Information leaflet (PIL)

Typherix summary of product characteristics (SPC)

If you experience any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Typherix is a registered trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline Group of Companies.