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How can typhoid be prevented?

Page last updated 22 May 2020

Vaccination against typhoid is recommended for Australian travellers visiting countries where the disease is common.

Travellers are advised to visit their general practitioner or travel medicine specialist six to twelve weeks before travelling overseas to discuss suitable vaccination options .

Australians travelling in countries with increased risk of typhoid should always take extra caution to avoid contaminated food and drinks. Travellers should always drink and brush their teeth with bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. Avoid seafood, particularly shellfish, and raw foods like salads and fruit or vegetables that can’t be  peeled.

Visit your doctor to learn more about preventing typhoid. 


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Sources & Citations

2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Typhoid and paratyphoid. Available at: (accessed 6 May 2020).

3. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Typhoid fever. Available at: (accessed 6 May 2020).

8. Healthdirect. Typhoid and paratyphoid. Available at: (accessed 7 May 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0143(1)a - Date of preparation May 2020