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Typhoid Vaccine for injection

It is used to prevent typhoid infection

Generic Name: typhoid vaccine, live

Brand Names: Vivotif Berna

What is this medicine?

TYPHOID POLYSACCHARIDE VACCINE (TYE foid vax EEN) is used to prevent typhoid infection. The vaccine is recommended if you travel to parts of the world where typhoid is common.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • active infection with fever
  • bleeding disorder
  • cancer
  • HIV or AIDS
  • immune system problems
  • low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
  • recent or ongoing radiation therapy
  • take medicines that treat or prevent blood clots
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, yeast, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This vaccine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional.

A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • anticoagulants
  • immune globulin
  • medicines for organ transplant
  • medicines to treat cancer
  • other vaccines
  • some medicines for arthritis
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.

Report any side effects that are worrisome to your doctor right away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • nausea, vomiting
  • pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected
  • tiredness

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: March 21, 2011
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