My doctor recommended the typhoid vaccine for my upcoming trip to Kenya. He prefers the oral, live vaccine, given in 4 pills, every other day. I filled the prescription but have not taken it yet. I already had the TDaP and Hep A. I got the Hep B started and will have 2 out the 3 shots before I leave. He did not mention the Polio booster though which I have noticed that many people get.
I have my Malarone prescription and will take that of course.
My question is, do most people get the typhoid vaccine? I plan to drink bottled water, not eat street food, am staying at high end camps and hotels. I wonder how necessary it really is. Probably a better question for my doctor, but he prescribed it, so I know that he thinks it is important.
And what about this Polio booster? I had the oral vaccine as a child. The CDC has a lighter recommendation on that than the typhoid vaccine.
I will not be able to see my grandbaby or step-daughter for 2 weeks once I start this the typhoid vaccine due to the live vaccine aspect. My step-daughter is immune compromised due to chemo treatment and the grandbaby is an infant and is immune compromised just because of her age.
As a side comment I am very surprised that this is not discussed more with people who will take this or any live vaccine. I brought it up with the pharmacist who gave me the 2 week window for avoiding contact. What if I hadn't asked? I don't think most people do!