Cholera is a bacterial infection which causes severe diarrhoea leading to dehydration and can be fatal if untreated. It is caused by consuming contaminated food or drink. A single dose of the cholera vaccine has been shown to have 85% effectiveness for up to 6 months, decreasing to 50% during the first year. It is therefore recommended that you book in for a cholera vaccination before you travel to a high-risk area, especially if there will be reduced access to healthcare e.g. if you are a disaster or relief worker. The vaccine is administered orally in 2-doses, 1-6 weeks apart. This should provide you with adequate protection for up to 2 years.
Other ways to prevent cholera if you are travelling to a high-risk area;
- Practise good hygiene; always wash your hands with soap, especially before preparing food or drink.
- Do not drink water from the tap.
- Ensure to brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.
- Do not eat uncooked vegetables unless you have washed and prepared them yourself.
- Do not have ice in your drink or eat seafood/ shellfish.
For comprehensive guidance about preventing cholera or receiving a vaccination, please book in for a full consultation.
- Typhoid Vaccine Oral - £35
- Typhoid Vaccine - £35
- Vaccination Appointment (single vaccine) - £35
- Vaccination Appointment (up to 3 vaccines) - £60
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