WHAT ARE

HEPATITIS A & TYPHOID FEVER?

Make food and drink safety a top priority.

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AM I

AT RISK?

Many popular destinations are risk areas for hepatitis A and typhoid fever. Could your next trip be one of them?

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WHAT IS

VIVAXIM®?

ViVAXIM® provides dual protection against hepatitis A and typhoid fever in a single shot.

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PLANNING A TRIP ABROAD?

For combined protection against hepatitis A and typhoid fever, ask your healthcare professional about ViVAXIM®.
If you were born after 1984, you may have already received vaccination against hepatitis B.* However, hepatitis A and typhoid fever are not currently included in Canadian vaccination schedules.
Discuss your immunization history with your doctor before you depart!
*Vaccination against hepatitis B has been part of publicly funded school-based programs beginning in 1987.
†Except in Quebec, where hepatitis A vaccine has been offered in grade 4 since 2013, and at 18 months of age since 2019.
TEST YOUR
TRAVEL SMARTS:

You’re at an all-inclusive five-star resort in the Caribbean. There’s no need to worry about contracting food-borne disease!

True

False

TRUE

This is a common misconception.
Hepatitis A is a risk in all endemic areas, regardless of your standards of accommodation. This means you can fall ill in a luxury resort or in a backpacking hostel.

FALSE

You’re correct!
The risk of contracting certain food-borne diseases like hepatitis A is present in endemic areas, regardless of your standards of accommodation.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

QUESTION 1/4
Time for a drink!
Which is the smarter option?

FRUIT SMOOTHIE

SPARKLING WATER

FRUIT SMOOTHIE

You’ve made the wrong choice.
When travelling to a hepatitis A or typhoid fever risk area, it’s best to steer clear of drinks that are potentially made with tap water. This includes juices, cocktails or smoothies that contain or are blended with ice.

SPARKLING WATER

Good choice!
When travelling to a hepatitis A or typhoid fever risk area, bottled drinks are a safer option, especially those that are carbonated. (Bubbles indicate that the drink has remained sealed!)

QUESTION 2/4
At lunch, there are a couple of side options for your meal. Which should you choose?

GRILLED VEGGIES

FRESH GREENS

GRILLED VEGGIES

Great choice.
Food that has been cooked and served very hot is the safest option, whether at a high-end restaurant or from a street vendor. But, be cautious of any food that has been sitting at room temperature.

FRESH GREENS

This is not the safest option.
When travelling to a hepatitis A or typhoid fever risk area, raw food should generally be avoided. This applies to meat, seafood, and pre-cut fruit or veggies, including salad.

QUESTION 3/4
You run out of bottled water while camping, so you boil some to be safe. For how long should you boil water?

ONE
MINUTE

FIVE
MINUTES

ONE MINUTE

Correct!
According to the CDC, (clear) water is considered safe to drink after bringing it to a rolling boil for one minute. At elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes.

FIVE MINUTES

There’s no harm in boiling for longer, but according to the CDC, water is considered safe to drink after having boiled for just one minute.

QUESTION 4/4
At the hotel, you brush your teeth before bed. Is tap water safe for rinsing your mouth?

YES

NO

NO

You’re right.
In most developing countries, consuming tap water can be risky, even in larger cities. This includes accidentally swallowing water when showering or brushing your teeth.

YES

Unfortunately not.
In most developing countries, consuming tap water can be risky, even in larger cities. This includes accidentally swallowing water when showering or brushing your teeth. In hepatitis A and typhoid fever risk areas, it’s best to brush your teeth with boiled, filtered or bottled water.

SEE YOUR RESULTS

YOU GOT X RIGHT

Great job! You’re likely to make smart food and drink choices on your trip abroad, but don’t forget to ask your doctor about travel vaccines before you go. Visit the Resources section for even more information on ViVAXIM® and travel health.

YOU GOT X RIGHT

You’ve got lots to learn, and this is a great time to start! Scroll down on this page for important tips on food and drink abroad, and talk to your doctor about travel vaccines before you depart on your trip.

Visit the Resources section for even more information on ViVAXIM® and travel health.

FIND A VACCINATION CLINIC NEAR YOU

Heading to a hepatitis A or typhoid fever risk area? Find ViVAXIM® before you go.

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