The hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine is a combined injection that protects against hepatitis A and typhoid for three years. Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine side effects are uncommon and usually mild, such as headache and fever. Hepatitis A and typhoid can become serious if you are infected, but the vaccine can help you avoid this.
The hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine protects you against both diseases for up to three years after receiving a single dose, and you can get the vaccine anytime before travel.
The vaccine can last for as long as 25 years against hepatitis A if you receive a booster.
If you need longer protection against typhoid, you can get another dose of the typhoid vaccine after three years. This will protect you against the disease for three more years.
Like all medicines and vaccines, the hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine can cause side effects, but most people do not experience any at all.
If you do experience hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine side effects, they are very unlikely to be serious.
Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine side effects can include:
muscle and joint pain
pain where you had the injection
If your hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine side effects do not improve, or become worse, you should talk to your doctor.
You should consider having the hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine, if you are travelling to an area of the world where there is a higher risk of being infected with the diseases. Check if there is a current risk of hepatitis A or typhoid in the country you are travelling to.
Especially young children, gay men, drug users and travellers who visit or stay with the local population in risk areas should check if they need the vaccination, as they have a greater risk of hepatitis A and typhoid transmission.
However, for some people, the hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine can cause problems. You should get advice before having the injection if you are:
allergic to any of the ingredients of the vaccine
currently unwell with a fever
suffering from a poor or reduced immune system
pregnant or breastfeeding
planning to have a baby
You can book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses for a personal assessment to clarify whether you should get the hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine before your trip.
If there is a risk of hepatitis A and typhoid at your destination, it is recommended that you check whether you need the vaccine, as the diseases can be fatal. For the cost of the hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine, see below.
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 25, 2019