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Cholera Vaccine Information

Cholera is an infection that can cause severe diarrhoea and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. It is spread by bacteria in contaminated food and water.

VACCINATION: Cholera

COURSE: 2 doses

Cholera countries at risk

Cholera is not found in the UK, but there’s a potential risk of getting it while travelling in some parts of Africa, Central America and Asia. It is usually found in areas of war where there has been a natural disaster most popular being Tsunamis and where the medical infrastructure is poor.

Countries or areas with cholera

Signs and Symptoms

The initial symptoms of Cholera can begin anywhere between 1-5 days after ingesting the bacteria. Sufferers can experience the following common symptoms:

  • Large amounts of watery diarrhoea which will appear pale and cloudy
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood pressure
  • A fast heart rate
  • Feeling irritable and restless
  • Skin turning a pale blueish colour

Taking precautions from Cholera

While travelling, only drink water from a sealed bottle or from sources that have been treated by filtration, boiling or tablets. Try to extremely avoid drinking tap water. Also avoid uncooked food, only eat fruit that you can peel and make sure all hot food is freshly cooked. Wash your hands regularly and maintain a strict hygiene routine.

Prevention

Cholera is preventable by having a vaccination, it will offer a 85-90% protection against Cholera for a 2-year period. Travellers to high-risk areas are recommended to take a course of two Dukoral tablets, which is administered orally.