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Travel health is an important part of travel planning, so talking to a healthcare provider or pharmacist can help you learn:

  • Potential health risks in your country of travel
  • Preventative options to consider before you go
  • Safe food and water precautions while traveling

You may be prescribed and/or administered a preventative treatment option.
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Important Facts About VIVOTIF (vee-voh-TEEF).
It is also known as Typhoid Vaccine, Live, Oral Ty21a.

What is VIVOTIF used for?

VIVOTIF is a prescription vaccine you take by mouth to help protect you from typhoid fever. Typhoid is a disease caused by a type of bacteria called Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi. VIVOTIF is for adults and children ages 6 and older.

Immunization with VIVOTIF is not routinely recommended for people living in the United States. However, VIVOTIF is recommended for people who are at a higher risk of getting typhoid. This includes:

  • People who travel to places where typhoid is more common
  • People who have close contact with someone who has had typhoid
  • People who work in laboratories who could have contact with typhoid

Not all people will be fully protected from typhoid following vaccination. While you travel, you should take care to ensure the food you eat and water you drink are safe.

It is unknown whether VIVOTIF protects from common source outbreaks of typhoid, disease following natural disasters, or in people attending rural summer camps.

VIVOTIF will not protect you from other kinds of Salmonella bacteria and will not treat typhoid fever if you have been infected.

Who should not take VIVOTIF?

Children under the age of 6 should not take VIVOTIF.

Do not use VIVOTIF if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the vaccine or the
enteric-coated capsule.

Do not take VIVOTIF if you have an active fever or if your immune system is weakened by a disease or other medicines you take.


Can I take VIVOTIF if I have a stomach or intestinal illness?

Tell your healthcare provider (HCP) if you have sudden stomach or intestinal illness. If you are vomiting or have diarrhea that will not stop, do not take VIVOTIF until the vomiting and diarrhea have stopped.

What should I know about how VIVOTIF works?

It is important to take VIVOTIF exactly as your HCP tells you. VIVOTIF may not fully protect you from typhoid if you miss a dose.

Not everyone that takes VIVOTIF will be fully protected against typhoid.

Can I take VIVOTIF if I take other medications?

Tell your HCP about all the prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements you take.

Taking VIVOTIF with certain other medications may affect how VIVOTIF works and may cause
side effects.

What are the most common side effects of VIVOTIF?

The most common side effects of VIVOTIF are abdominal pain, nausea, headache, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and skin rash. Only nausea was more common in people that took VIVOTIF compared with those who took a sugar pill.

These are not all the possible side effects of VIVOTIF. Talk to your healthcare provider about any side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-822-7967 or

Learn more

This summary provides basic information about VIVOTIF, but it does not include all information known about this vaccine. Talk to your HCP or pharmacist about this information. Your HCP is the best person to help you decide if VIVOTIF is right for you.

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For more information about VIVOTIF, please see full Prescribing Information.

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