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Cholera vaccination

Cholera vaccine

There are three cholera vaccines available they are safe and effective and licensed in some countries. These vaccines are mainly used by travellers.

Hope for cholera vaccine

An effective cholera vaccine may soon become a reality, if research by a group of visiting Cuban scientists is successful.

Is there a vaccine for cholera?

Yes. However, although there is a vaccine for cholera, it offers only limited immunity and the jury is out about whether or not travellers should be vaccinated. While some doctors recommend it, others doubt its efficacy and suggest that travellers should rather take precautions with food and drinking water. Regretfully, none of the current vaccines have the necessary combination of high efficacy, long duration of protection, simplicity of administration and low cost to make mass vaccination a possibility in cholera areas.

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