At Kennedy’s Pharmacy, we offer a Travel Vaccination Service which provides protection from a wide range of diseases, such as Typhoid alongside malaria, hepatitis, rabies and yellow fever. We will be able to recommend what type of protection is best for you and it will be provided in either tablet form or as a vaccine.
We provide vaccine certificates for all administered vaccines including Yellow Fever. For more information and advice for specific countries and protection please contact us by phone.
Making a Travel Vaccination Appointment
Booking for this service is currently made by telephoning either of our pharmacies in Rasharkin or Dunloy.
At present Travel Vaccines are offered mainly in our Rasharkin pharmacy with our pharmacist, Cara Murdock who has completed specialist training in Travel Health.
You can also leave your details with the form at the bottom and Cara will be in touch to help or get started!
At your initial consultation, Cara will advise you on what you need to do in order to meet the requirements for safe travel to your particular destination, as well as General Travel Health Advice and self-care. It would also be helpful to have the following information for this appointment:
- Personal Details
- Country of destination plus travel itinerary
- Duration of travel
- Medication history
- Vaccination history
What is Typhoid?
Typhoid Fever is a bacterial infection that is spread through contaminated food and water. Symptoms include prolonged high fever, fatigue, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, and constipation or diarrhoea. Some patients may have a rash. Severe cases may lead to serious complications or even death. Typhoid fever can be confirmed through blood testing.
As typhoid bacteria are primarily found in faeces, the infection is particularly common in regions with poor sanitation.
Typhoid Vaccination Course Details
The Typhoid vaccination can be taken as an injection or as a course of tablets. Which vaccine that will be taken depends on individual circumstances and guidance will be given by our travel health specialists.
Typhoid Vaccination Important Information
Vaccine Timing: It is recommended to receive the typhoid vaccine at least two weeks before travel to help provide optimal protection.
Booster Shots: A booster may be needed if you travel to a risk area and it has been three years after your vaccination.
Vaccine Administration: The typhoid vaccine is administered either via an injection, or as tablets.
Duration of Protection: The vaccine can protect you from Typhoid for three years.
Side Effects: Side effects of the vaccine can include fever, soreness at the injection site and digestive problems.
Additional Precautions: In addition to getting vaccinated, you need to take care with personal, food and water hygiene.
Risk of Contracting Typhoid: Signs and symptoms may include mild fever and headache, muscle aches, chills, nausea, and loss of appetite. Some sufferers report abdominal discomfort, constipation and/or diarrhoea.
It is crucial to prioritise your health and take the necessary precautions by getting vaccinated against Typhoid before travelling. Please consult with a healthcare professional for personalised advice and to address any specific concerns you may have. Stay safe and enjoy your journey without the worry of Typhoid fever.
Food Safety Tips To Help Avoid Typhoid
Typhoid fever is often contracted through contaminated food and water. Here are some food safety tips to help you avoid typhoid fever:
Drink Safe Water:
- Consume only treated or bottled water.
- Avoid consuming water from questionable sources, such as street vendors.
Eat Well-Cooked Food:
- Ensure that all foods, especially meat, poultry, and seafood, are thoroughly cooked.
- Avoid raw or undercooked eggs and dishes containing them.
Wash Hands Thoroughly:
- Wash your hands with soap and water before handling or consuming food.
- Use hand sanitisers if soap and water are not available.
Practice Good Hygiene:
- Keep kitchen surfaces, utensils, and cutting boards clean.
- Avoid cross-contamination by separating raw meat, poultry, and seafood from other foods.
Avoid Street Food:
- Street food may be prepared under unhygienic conditions, increasing the risk of contamination.
Peel Fruits and Vegetables:
- Peel fruits and vegetables or wash them thoroughly with safe water before consumption.
Avoid Ice from Unknown Sources:
- Ice made from contaminated water can pose a risk, so choose ice from reputable sources or no ice in your drink.
Be Cautious with Dairy Products:
- Consume only pasteurised dairy products to avoid the risk of contamination.
Remember that typhoid fever prevention involves a combination of personal hygiene, safe food and water practices, alongside, vaccination.
If you experience symptoms such as prolonged fever, abdominal pain, or digestive issues, seek medical attention promptly.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance of travel should I get my travel vaccine?
It is best to check with the pharmacist as to when your vaccine course should commence. It is best to contact Cara as soon as possible so that we can ensure you receive the best protection whilst you are travelling allowing you to concentrate on enjoying your trip.
Is there a cost for the travel vaccination service?
There is a cost for your initial consultation and any additional cost will depend on your individual situation. The pharmacist will be able to advise.
Do you provide vaccine certificates?
Yes, certificate provision for Yellow Fever about which you will be advised. Our pharmacy is an accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.
What countries are at risk of Typhoid Fever?
Typhoid fever is mostly found in areas where standards of personal and food hygiene are low, and sanitation is lacking. The disease is widespread in much of the world, including South Asia and parts of South-East Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Africa. Outbreaks of Typhoid have also been reported from countries in Eastern Europe.
What are the risk of Typhoid Fever?
If typhoid fever isn’t treated, symptoms can progressively get worse and serious, life threatening complications may develop.