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Typhoid Immunization Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

MMWR 43(RR14);1-7

Publication date: 12/09/1994

Table of Contents




Dosage and schedules for typhoid fever vaccination
Common adverse reactions of typhoid fever vaccines


Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

                       Membership List, October 1994

CHAIRMAN                                ACTING EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Jeffrey P. Davis, M.D.                  Dixie E. Snider, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Medical Officer                   (Acting) Associate Director
Department of Health and                  for Science
  Social Services                       Centers for Disease Control
State of Wisconsin                        and Prevention (CDC)
Madison, WI                             Atlanta, GA


Barbara Ann DeBuono, M.D.               Rudolph E. Jackson, M.D.
Rhode Island Department of Health       Morehouse School of Medicine
Providence, RI                          Atlanta, GA

Kathryn M. Edwards, M.D.                Stephen C. Schoenbaum, M.D.
Vanderbilt University School of         Harvard Community Health Plan of
  Medicine                                New England
Nashville, TN                           Providence, RI

Marie R. Griffin, M.D., M.P.H.          Fred E. Thompson, Jr., M.D.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center    Mississippi State Department of
Nashville, TN                             Health
                                        Jackson, MS
Fernando A. Guerra, M.D.
San Antonio Metro Health District       Joel Ira Ward, M.D.
San Antonio, TX                         Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
                                        Torrance, CA
Neal A. Halsey, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University
  School of Hygiene and Public Health
Baltimore, MD

                            EX OFFICIO MEMBERS

John La Montagne, Ph.D.                 Jerry Zelinger, M.D.
National Institutes of Health           Health Care Financing Administration
Bethesda, MD                            Baltimore, MD

Carolyn Hardegree, M.D.
Food and Drug Administration
Bethesda, MD

                          LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES

American Academy of Family              Canadian National Advisory Committee
  Physicians                              on Immunization (NACI)
Richard Zimmerman, M.D.                 David Scheifele, M.D.
Pittsburgh, PA                          Vancouver, BC

American Academy of Pediatrics          Department of Defense
Georges Peter, M.D.                     William M. Butler, Mc.Usn
Providence, RI                          Washington, DC
Caroline B. Hall, M.D.
Rochester, NY                           Department of Veterans Affairs
                                        Kristin Lee Nichol, M.D., M.P.H.
American College of Obstetricians and   Minneapolis, MN
Stanley A. Gall, M.D.                   Hospital Infections Control
Louisville, KY                            Practices Advisory Committee
                                        David W. Fleming, M.D.
American College of Physicians          Portland, OR
Pierce Gardner, M.D.
Stonybrook, NY                          Infectious Diseases Society
                                          of America
American Hospital Association           William P. Glezen, M.D.
William Schaffner, M.D.                 Houston, TX
Nashville, TN
                                        National Vaccine Program
American Medical Association            (Acting) Chester Robinson
Edward A. Mortimer, Jr., M.D.           Washington, DC
Cleveland, OH
                                        Pharmaceutical Research and
Association of Teachers of                Manufacturers of America
  Preventive Medicine                   Thomas L. Copmann, Ph.D.
Richard D. Clover, M.D.                 Washington, DC
Galveston, TX

           The following CDC staff members prepared this report:

                           Paul R. Cieslak, MD
                         Robert V. Tauxe, MD, MPH

                Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases
                  National Center for Infectious Diseases

                         John C. Watson, MD, MPH
                  Epidemiology and Surveillance Division
                       National Immunization Program


These revised recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices update previous recommendations (MMWR 1990;39{RR-10}:1-5). They include information on the Vi capsular polysaccharide (ViCPS) vaccine, which was not available when the previous recommendations were published.


The incidence of typhoid fever declined steadily in the United States from 1900 to 1960 and has since remained low. From 1975 through 1984, the average number of cases reported annually was 464. During that period, 57% of reported cases occurred among persons greater than or equal to 20 years of age; 62% of reported cases occurred among persons who had traveled to other countries. From 1967 through 1976, only 33% of reported cases occurred among travelers to other countries (1).


Three typhoid vaccines are currently available for use in the United States: a) an oral live-attenuated vaccine (Vivotif Berna-TM vaccine, manufactured from the Ty21a strain of Salmonella typhi (2) by the Swiss Serum and Vaccine Institute); b) a parenteral heat-phenol-inactivated vaccine that has been widely used for many years (Typhoid Vaccine, manufactured by Wyeth- Ayerst); and c) a newly licensed capsular polysaccharide vaccine for parenteral use (Typhim Vi, manufactured by Pasteur Merieux). A fourth vaccine, an acetone-inactivated parenteral vaccine, is currently available only to the armed forces.

Although no prospective, randomized trials comparing any of the three U.S.-licensed typhoid vaccines have been conducted, several field trials have demonstrated the efficacy of each vaccine. In controlled field trials conducted among schoolchildren in Chile, three doses of the Ty21a vaccine in enteric-coated capsules administered on alternate days reduced laboratory- confirmed infection by 66% over a period of 5 years (95% confidence interval {CI}=50%-77%) (3,4). In a subsequent trial in Chile, efficacy appeared to be lower: three doses resulted in only 33% (95% CI=0%-57%) fewer cases of laboratory-confirmed infection over a period of 3 years. When the data were stratified by age in this trial, children greater than or equal to 10 years of age had a 53% reduction in incidence of culture-confirmed typhoid fever (95% CI=7%-77%), whereas children 5-9 years of age had only a 17% reduction (95% CI=0%-53%). This difference in age-related efficacy, however, is not statistically significant (5). In another trial in Chile, a significant decrease in the incidence of clinical typhoid fever occurred among persons receiving four doses of vaccine compared with persons receiving two (p less than 0.001) or three (p=0.002) doses. Because no placebo group was included in this trial, absolute vaccine efficacy could not be calculated (6).

Weekly and triweekly dosing regimens have been less effective than alternate-day dosing (3). A liquid formulation of Ty21a is more effective than enteric-coated capsules (5,7,8), but only enteric-coated capsules are available in the United States. The efficacy of vaccination with Ty21a has not been studied among persons from areas without endemic disease who travel to disease-endemic regions. The mechanism by which Ty21a vaccine confers protection is unknown; however, the vaccine does elicit both serum (2,9) and intestinal (10) antibodies and cell-mediated immune responses (11). Vaccine organisms can be shed transiently in the stool of vaccine recipients (2,9). However, secondary transmission of vaccine organisms has not been documented.

In field trials involving a primary series of two doses of heat-phenol- inactivated typhoid vaccine (which is similar to the currently available parenteral inactivated vaccine), vaccine efficacy over the 2- to 3-year follow-up periods ranged from 51% to 77% (12-14). Efficacy for the acetone- inactivated parenteral vaccine, available only to the armed forces, ranges from 75% to 94% (12,14,15).

The newly licensed parenteral vaccine (Vi capsular polysaccharide {ViCPS}) is composed of purified Vi ("virulence") antigen, the capsular polysaccharide elaborated by S. typhi isolated from blood cultures (16). In recent studies, one 25-ug injection of purified ViCPS produced seroconversion (i.e., at least a fourfold rise in antibody titers) in 93% of healthy U.S. adults (17); similar results were observed in Europe (18). Two field trials in disease-endemic areas have demonstrated the efficacy of ViCPS in preventing typhoid fever. In a trial in Nepal, in which vaccine recipients were observed for 20 months, one dose of ViCPS among persons 5-44 years of age resulted in 74% (95% CI=49%-87%) fewer cases of typhoid fever confirmed by blood culture than occurred with controls (19). In a trial involving schoolchildren in South Africa who were 5-15 years of age, one dose of ViCPS resulted in 55% (95% CI=30%-71%) fewer cases of blood-culture-confirmed typhoid fever over a period of 3 years than occurred with controls. The reduction in the number of cases in years 1, 2, and 3, was 61%, 52%, and 50%, respectively (20,21). The efficacy of vaccination with ViCPS has not been studied among persons from areas without endemic disease who travel to disease-endemic regions or among children less than 5 years of age. ViCPS has not been tested among children less than 1 year of age.


Routine typhoid vaccination is not recommended in the United States. However, vaccination is indicated for the following groups:

  • Travelers to areas in which there is a recognized risk of exposure to S. typhi. Risk is greatest for travelers to developing countries (e.g., countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa) who have prolonged exposure to potentially contaminated food and drink (22). Multidrug-resistant strains of S. typhi have become common in some areas of the world (e.g., the Indian subcontinent {23} and the Arabian peninsula {24,25}), and cases of typhoid fever that are treated with ineffective drugs can be fatal. Travelers should be cautioned that typhoid vaccination is not a substitute for careful selection of food and drink. Typhoid vaccines are not 100% effective, and the vaccine's protection can be overwhelmed by large inocula of S. typhi.
  • Persons with intimate exposure (e.g., household contact) to a documented
    1. typhi carrier.
  • Microbiology laboratorians who work frequently with S. typhi (26).
Routine vaccination of sewage sanitation workers is not warranted in the United States and is indicated only for persons living in typhoid-endemic areas. Also, typhoid vaccine is not indicated for persons attending rural summer camps or living in areas in which natural disasters (e.g., floods) have occurred (27). No evidence has indicated that typhoid vaccine is useful in controlling common-source outbreaks.


The parenteral inactivated vaccine causes substantially more adverse reactions but is no more effective than Ty21a or ViCPS. Thus, when not contraindicated, either oral Ty21a or parenteral ViCPS is preferable.

Each of the three vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration has a different lower age limit for use among children (Table 1). In addition, the time required for primary vaccination differs for each vaccine. Primary vaccination with ViCPS can be accomplished with a single injection, whereas 1 week is required for Ty21a, and 4 weeks are required to complete a primary series for parenteral inactivated vaccine (Table 1). Finally, the live-attenuated Ty21a vaccine should not be used for immunocompromised persons or persons taking antibiotics at the time of vaccination (see Precautions and Contraindications).



Primary vaccination with live-attenuated Ty21a vaccine consists of one enteric-coated capsule taken on alternate days for a total of four capsules. The capsules must be kept refrigerated (not frozen), and all four doses must be taken to achieve maximum efficacy (6). Each capsule should be taken with cool liquid no warmer than 37 C (98.6 F), approximately 1 hour before a meal. Although adverse reactions to Ty21a are uncommon among children 1-5 years of age (28,29), data are unavailable regarding efficacy for this age group. This vaccine has not been studied among children less than 1 year of age. The vaccine manufacturer recommends that Ty21a not be administered to children less than 6 years of age.


Primary vaccination with ViCPS consists of one 0.5-mL (25-ug) dose administered intramuscularly. This vaccine has not been studied among children less than 1 year of age. The vaccine manufacturer does not recommend the vaccine for children less than 2 years of age.

Parenteral Inactivated Vaccine

Primary vaccination with parenteral inactivated vaccine consists of two 0.5-mL subcutaneous injections, each containing approximately 5 x 10 (sup) 8 killed bacteria, separated by greater than or equal to 4 weeks. The vaccine manufacturer does not recommend the vaccine for use among children less than 6 months of age. If the two doses of parenteral inactivated vaccine cannot be separated by greater than or equal to 4 weeks because of time constraints, common practice has been to administer three doses of the vaccine at weekly intervals in the volumes listed above. Vaccines administered according to this schedule may be less effective, however.

Booster Doses

If continued or repeated exposure to S. typhi is expected, booster doses of vaccine are required to maintain immunity after vaccination with parenteral typhoid vaccines (Table 1). The ViCPS manufacturer recommends a booster dose every 2 years after the primary dose if continued or renewed exposure is expected. In a study in which efficacy was not examined, revaccination of U.S. adults at either 27 or 34 months after the primary vaccination increased mean antibody titers to the approximate levels achieved with the primary dose (17). The optimal booster schedule for persons administered Ty21a for primary vaccination has not been determined; however, the longest reported follow-up study of vaccine trial subjects indicated that efficacy continued for 5 years after vaccination (4). The manufacturer of Ty21a recommends revaccination with the entire four-dose series every 5 years if continued or renewed exposure to S. typhi is expected. This recommendation may change as more data become available about the period of protection produced by the Ty21a vaccine. If the parenteral inactivated vaccine is used initially, booster doses should be administered every 3 years if continued or renewed exposure is expected. A single booster dose of parenteral inactivated vaccine is sufficient, even if greater than 3 years have elapsed since the prior vaccination. When the heat-phenol-inactivated vaccine is used for booster vaccination, the intradermal route causes less reaction than the subcutaneous route (30). The acetone-inactivated vaccine should not be administered intradermally or by jet-injector gun because of the potential for severe local reactions (31).

No information has been reported concerning the use of one vaccine as a booster after primary vaccination with a different vaccine. However, using either the series of four doses of Ty21a or one dose of ViCPS for persons previously vaccinated with parenteral vaccine is a reasonable alternative to administration of a booster dose of parenteral inactivated vaccine.


Ty21a produces fewer adverse reactions than either ViCPS or the parenteral inactivated vaccine. During volunteer studies and field trials with oral live-attenuated Ty21a vaccine, side effects were rare and consisted of abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, and rash or urticaria (2,7,32) (Table 2). In placebo-controlled trials, monitored adverse reactions occurred with equal frequency among groups receiving vaccine and placebo.

In several trials, ViCPS produced fever (occurring in 0%-1% of vaccinees), headache (1.5%-3% of vaccinees), and erythema or induration greater than or equal to 1 cm (7% of vaccinees) (17,20,33) (Table 2). In the study conducted in Nepal, the ViCPS vaccine produced fewer local and systemic reactions than did the control (the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine) (19). Among schoolchildren in South Africa, ViCPS produced less erythema and induration than did the control bivalent meningococcal vaccine (20). In a direct comparison, ViCPS produced reactions less than half as frequently as parenteral inactivated vaccine, probably because ViCPS contains negligible amounts of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (33).

Parenteral inactivated vaccines produce several systemic and local adverse reactions, including fever (occurring in 6.7%-24% of vaccinees), headache (9%-10% of vaccinees), and severe local pain and/or swelling (3%-35% of vaccinees) (Table 2); 21%-23% of vaccinees missed work or school because of adverse reactions (12,13,34). More severe reactions, including hypotension, chest pain, and shock, have been reported sporadically.


The theoretical possibility for decreased immunogenicity when Ty21a, a live bacterial vaccine, is administered concurrently with immunoglobulin, antimalarials, or viral vaccines has caused concern (35). However, because Ty21a is immunogenic even in persons with preexisting antibody titers (29), its immunogenicity should not be affected by simultaneous administration of immunoglobulin. Mefloquine can inhibit the growth of the live Ty21a strain in vitro; if this antimalarial is administered, vaccination with Ty21a should be delayed for 24 hours. The minimum inhibitory concentration of chloroquine for Ty21a is greater than 256 ug/mL; this antimalarial should not affect the immunogenicity of Ty21a (36,37). The vaccine manufacturer advises that Ty21a should not be administered to persons receiving sulfonamides or other antimicrobial agents; Ty21a should be administered greater than or equal to 24 hours after an antimicrobial dose. No data exist on the immunogenicity of Ty21a when administered concurrently or within 30 days of viral vaccines (e.g., oral polio, measles/mumps/rubella, or yellow fever vaccines). In the absence of such data, if typhoid vaccination is warranted, it should not be delayed because of the administration of viral vaccines.

No data have been reported on the use of any of the three typhoid vaccines among pregnant women. Live-attenuated Ty21a should not be used among immunocompromised persons, including those persons known to be infected with human immunodeficiency virus. The two available parenteral vaccines present theoretically safer alternatives for this group. The only contraindication to vaccination with either ViCPS or with parenteral inactivated vaccine is a history of severe local or systemic reactions following a previous dose.



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Table 1

TABLE 1. Dosage and schedules for typhoid fever vaccination
                                          Dose/mode of     Number of    between      Boosting
Vaccination                    Age       administration      doses       doses       interval
Oral live-attenuated
  Ty21a vaccine
  Primary series               >=6 yrs     1 capsule *         4         2 days         --
  Booster                      >=6 yrs     1 capsule *         4         2 days     every 5 yrs

Vi capsular poly-
  saccharide vaccine
  Primary series               >=2 yrs     0.50 mL +           1           --           --
  Booster                      >=2 yrs     0.50 mL +           1           --       every 2 yrs

  Primary series          6 mos-10 yrs     0.25 mL &           2         >=4 wks        --
                              >=10 yrs     0.50 mL &           2         >=4 wks        --
  Booster                 6 mos-10 yrs     0.25 mL &           1           --       every 3 yrs
                              >=10 yrs     0.50 mL &           1           --       every 3 yrs
                               >=6 mos     0.10 mL @           1           --       every 3 yrs
* Each orally administered capsule contains contains 2-6 x 10 (sup) 9 viable S. typhi Ty21a and
  5-50 x 10 (sup) 9 nonviable S. typhi Ty21a.
+ Intramuscularly.
& Subcutaneously.
@ Intradermally.
-- Not applicable.

Table 2

TABLE 2. Common adverse reactions of typhoid fever vaccines
Vaccine                          Fever       Headache     Local reactions
Ty21a *                           0%- 5%       0%- 5%     Not applicable

ViCPS                             0%- 1%     1.5%- 3%     Erythema or
                                                          induration >=1 cm: 7%

Parenteral inactivated          6.7%-24%       9%-10%     Severe local pain or
                                                          swelling: 3%-35%
* The side effects of Ty21a are rare and mainly consist of abdominal discomfort, nausea,
  vomiting, and rash or urticaria.

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