Can typhoid fever be prevented?

If you are traveling outside the U.S., you can lower your risk of contracting the disease by:

  • Receiving a typhoid fever vaccination. Currently, two vaccines are available to help prevent the spread of typhoid fever. Talk with your doctor about getting vaccinated.
  • Avoiding food that is raw or undercooked
  • Drinking only bottled water or water that has been boiled
  • Thoroughly washing your hands each time before eating
  • Avoiding raw fruits and vegetables that cannot be peeled.
  • Avoiding eating foods and beverages purchased from street vendors.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/01/2018.


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Typhoid Fever. Accessed 3/19/18.
  • World Health Organization. Typhoid. Accessed 3/19/18.
  • National Organization for Rare Disorders. Typhoid. Accessed 3/19/18.

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