The Vivaxim vaccination offers combined protection against hepatitis A and typhoid fever in a single injection.
As foodborne illnesses, typhoid and hepatitis A are both extremely common among travelers and pose the threat to even the most experienced adventurer if he or she isn’t protected.
It is important that you make an appointment with your Summit Travel Health Specialist at least one month before your travels, as a single dose of Vivaxim will provide only 70% protection against the virus. In some circumstances an accelerated series of shots can be taken in a single month. Getting the combined vaccination does not lead to any increased side effects.
What is hepatitis A?
is a viral disease that is common in developing countries and is generally associated with poor sanitation and poor hygiene. It is one of the most common vaccine-preventable illnesses in travellers.
Hepatitis A is a common virus identified in traveller’s after returning home from a trip. Many individuals who are infected with the food-borne disease shows no signs or symptoms while on vacation. Symptoms typically begin to show 15 to 50 days after exposure and can include:
- Liver damage or even liver failure, in severe cases
The World Health Organization lists South America, Africa, Asia and many other regions as having a moderate or high risk of the disease.
What is Typhoid?
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread through contaminated food or water. Symptoms may include:
- Life threatening complications, in severe cases
Vaccination is the best possible protection against typhoid. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the vaccine for travellers to Africa, Asia, South America and other key regions of the world.
What is my risk?
Your risk depends on several factors: destination, length of trip, and your living conditions. Speak with one of our Travel Health Specialists to understand the risk of Hepatitis for your trip.
The risk of Hepatitis is highest among travellers:
- Visiting or living in rural areas
- Eating and drinking in locations with poor sanitation or unsafe food handling practices
The risk of Hepatitis exists even for travellers going for short periods of time to urban areas, staying in luxury hotels and who follow go
Speak with one of our Travel Health Specialists preferably six weeks before you travel.
Get vaccinated if you are at risk but are not yet immunized. Discuss whether vaccination is right for your with one of our Travel Health Specialists.
Practise safe food and water precautions. More information about food and water safety is available from the CDC.
Wash your hands frequently. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.