TYPHOID VACCINE – INTRODUCTION
Typhoid vaccine protects against Typhoid fever caused by a bacteria called Salmonella tyhi.
Typhoid Fever is a water-borne bacterial infection. Clinical features include:
- high fever
- diarrhea or constipation
- abdominal pain.
It can cause a number of complications including a perforation of the intestines and can spread to the bones, joints and the brain.
Typhoid remains a major health problem in India. Since typhoid occurs most commonly in the monsoon, it is usually given prior to the monsoon season. Considering the high incidence of typhoid in India, it would be worthwhile to administer this vaccine