IGP offers a range of travel vaccines suitable for those travelling and/or working abroad. Our vaccinations are carried out in healthcare registered clinics by experienced Practice Nurses and GP's on request.
Typhoid fever is an illness most commonly found in the developing world and affects about 12.5 million people each year. It is a life threatening and caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi, which belongs to the Salmonella group. The typhoid fever bacteria is carried in the bloodstream and intestinal tract of infected persons. A small number of persons, called carriers, recover from the fever but continue to carry the bacteria. Both ill persons and carriers shed the bacteria in their faeces.
You can get typhoid fever if you eat food or drink beverages that have been contaminated by a person who is shedding the bacteria or if sewage contaminated with the bacteria gets into the water you use for drinking or washing food.
Persons with typhoid fever usually have a sustained fever as high as 39 or 40 degrees Celcius. They will also feel weak, have stomach pains, headache and loss of appetite. In some cases, patients have a rash of flat, rose-colored spots.
Watching what you eat and drink when you travel is just as important as being vaccinated. This is because the vaccines are not completely effective. Typhoid vaccines are effective after two to three weeks, immunity lasts up to three years.This vaccine sometimes induces a mild form of the illness which can be quite unpleasant in a few cases.
typhoid is found throughout the world, but it is more likely to occur in areas where there is poor sanitation and hygiene. In particular, risk areas include Africa, the Indian subcontinent, South and South East Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America. In England, most people who get typhoid fever have visited India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Therefore, it is particularly important that you are vaccinated if you are visiting these countries.
All travellers exposed to poor standards of food and water hygiene
Visiting areas with poor sanitation
Visiting friends and relatives
Information: The vaccine is thought to be 75% effective against typhoid fever in the first year after vaccination Ideally, the typhoid vaccine should be given at least 1 month before you travel but, if necessary, it can be given closer to your travel date. The vaccine is not 100% effective, so you will still need to avoid contaminated food or water and pay careful attention to your personal hygiene. The vaccine is available as either a single injection. The vaccine protects against typhoid fever for about 3 years, after which a booster will be required. The typhoid fever vaccine is suboptimal for infants younger than two and assessment should be made, but the course is the same as the adult course after this age.
If you are unsure which vaccines you require for an upcoming trip IGP provide a travel telephone consultation with a trained practice Nurse to advise on the vaccine requirements for your upcoming travel. During this appointment the Nurse will conduct a detailed assessment and create a schedule of your required vaccinations.
On booking your travel consultation you will receive an email confirming your appointment details with a link to a 'Travel Risk Assessment Form' that we ask you to completed prior to your appointment.
Time: 10 minutes
Cost: £30 (Discounted from the total cost of any future vaccines administered)
Please note that vaccine cost is the cost per dose to have the vaccine with a nurse and not a GP. There is an additional fee of £25 for the vaccine to be administered by a GP. The number of doses required indicates the number of doses for a standard course. An accelerated course can impact the number of doses required. It is strongly advised that you leave plenty of time to complete the course before your trip. Some vaccination courses, with more than one vaccine required, may take up to a month or longer and many vaccinations will not become fully effective until weeks after the course completion. The brand of vaccine we supply may also vary depending on the current supply status of a particular vaccine.
If you cancel your appointment 24 hours before it starts, then you will receive a full refund. However, If you cancel your appointment within the 24-hour period before the appointment is due, then you will be liable to pay the cost of the consultation. If you do need to reschedule please contact us as soon as possible.
We want to ensure that all of our patients receive the information they need to make an informed decision about their healthcare. If you have any questions or if you require assistance with anything, please let us know.