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Generic name: Typhoid Vaccine (Capsules)TYE-foid-vak-SEEN ]
Drug class: Bacterial vaccines

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 28, 2022.

Uses of Vivotif:

  • It is used to prevent typhoid disease.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Vivotif?

  • If you are allergic to Vivotif (typhoid vaccine (capsules)); any part of Vivotif (typhoid vaccine (capsules)); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you have an infection or an illness with a fever.
  • If you have a weak immune system.
  • If you are taking any drugs to suppress your immune system. This may be certain doses of steroids like prednisone. There are many drugs that can suppress your immune system. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • If you have typhoid fever or you carry typhoid in your blood.
  • If you have a stomach illness like diarrhea or throwing up.
  • If you are taking any of these drugs: Antibiotic, proguanil, or a sulfa drug. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Vivotif (typhoid vaccine (capsules)).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Vivotif (typhoid vaccine (capsules)) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Vivotif?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Vivotif (typhoid vaccine (capsules)). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
  • Use care when eating food and drinking water in disease-affected areas. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.

How is this medicine (Vivotif) best taken?

Use Vivotif (typhoid vaccine (capsules)) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • For Vivotif (typhoid vaccine (capsules)) to work the best, be sure to take all of your doses when you were told by your doctor.
  • Swallow Vivotif (typhoid vaccine (capsules)) as soon as you can after putting it in your mouth. Take about 1 hour before a meal with a cold or lukewarm (not hot) drink.
  • Do not chew Vivotif (typhoid vaccine (capsules)).

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

What are some other side effects of Vivotif?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Vivotif?

  • Store capsules in original container in a refrigerator.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Vivotif (typhoid vaccine (capsules)), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.