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What is cholera?
Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by infection with the Vibrio cholerae bacteria. It spreads when individuals consume contaminated food or water containing the bacteria. Without prompt treatment, cholera can lead to severe dehydration and, in some cases, death. While it is not prevalent in the UK, there is a risk of contracting cholera while traveling in certain parts of the world where sanitation and hygiene standards are poor.
2) Symptoms of Cholera.
Severe watery diarrhoea and vomiting, often described as rice-water stools Thirst Leg cramps Restlessness or irritability. Dehydration is a major concern, with signs such as fatigue, sunken eyes, dry mouth, and little or no urination. Without prompt treatment, dehydration can lead to shock, kidney failure, coma, and even death. It's crucial to seek medical care if experiencing acute watery diarrhoea, especially during a cholera outbreak, to prevent severe complications.
3) About cholera vaccination
Cholera vaccine is strongly recommended for individuals who are traveling to high-risk countries or engaging in relief works or individuals visiting areas with limited medical care. The vaccine is administered via oral route, with a course involving two doses given at least 7 days apart. Vaccines like Dukoral commonly used providing protection for duration ranging from 2 to 3 years in adults.
4) What are the countries most affected by cholera?
The most affected countries by cholera are primarily found in Africa and Asia. The top countries with the highest cases are Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Somalia, and Zambia. In Asia, the countries like Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan are heavily affected by cholera. The Middle East also faces severe cases, particularly in Yemen and Syria.
5) What are the travel health considerations regarding cholera?
Risk of Cholera: When traveling to the high-risk places of cholera it's important to practice strict food and water hygiene, such as drinking only bottled or purified water and avoiding raw or undercooked foods. Maintain good personal hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap and clean water. Vaccination against cholera is available and recommended to get administered if you are planning to visit high risk areas.
6) Is getting vaccinated for cholera necessary for travel?
Vaccination against cholera is not needed for the most travellers. Only If you're traveling to the areas where cholera is common and the remote places without access to medical care, getting vaccinated may be advisable. The vaccine is given as a drink, and for adults, two doses can provide protection for up to two years. Always it is better to consult your healthcare provider to check if the cholera vaccine is necessary for your specific travel plans.
7) How long before travel should you get cholera vaccine?
The cholera vaccination to be taken orally in two doses. There should be minimum 7 days interval between these two doses. you should complete the vaccination course at least one week before traveling. It's always important to get vaccinated in advance allowing enough time to receive both doses before your departure.
8) Is cholera vaccine available in the UK?
Yes, the oral vaccine Dukoral being commonly used to prevent cholera in the UK. However, it is only recommended for travellers visiting areas where cholera frequently occur.
9) Where can I get vaccinated?
If you're looking to get vaccinated, you can book appointment online through our website or speak directly with one of our healthcare professionals who will assist you further and arrange your vaccination.

Cholera

What is cholera?
Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by infection with the Vibrio cholerae bacteria. It spreads when individuals consume contaminated food or water containing the bacteria. Without prompt treatment, cholera can lead to severe dehydration and, in some cases, death. While it is not prevalent in the UK, there is a risk of contracting cholera while traveling in certain parts of the world where sanitation and hygiene standards are poor.
2) Symptoms of Cholera.
Severe watery diarrhoea and vomiting, often described as rice-water stools Thirst Leg cramps Restlessness or irritability. Dehydration is a major concern, with signs such as fatigue, sunken eyes, dry mouth, and little or no urination. Without prompt treatment, dehydration can lead to shock, kidney failure, coma, and even death. It's crucial to seek medical care if experiencing acute watery diarrhoea, especially during a cholera outbreak, to prevent severe complications.
3) About cholera vaccination
Cholera vaccine is strongly recommended for individuals who are traveling to high-risk countries or engaging in relief works or individuals visiting areas with limited medical care. The vaccine is administered via oral route, with a course involving two doses given at least 7 days apart. Vaccines like Dukoral commonly used providing protection for duration ranging from 2 to 3 years in adults.
4) What are the countries most affected by cholera?
The most affected countries by cholera are primarily found in Africa and Asia. The top countries with the highest cases are Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Somalia, and Zambia. In Asia, the countries like Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan are heavily affected by cholera. The Middle East also faces severe cases, particularly in Yemen and Syria.
5) What are the travel health considerations regarding cholera?
Risk of Cholera: When traveling to the high-risk places of cholera it's important to practice strict food and water hygiene, such as drinking only bottled or purified water and avoiding raw or undercooked foods. Maintain good personal hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap and clean water. Vaccination against cholera is available and recommended to get administered if you are planning to visit high risk areas.
6) Is getting vaccinated for cholera necessary for travel?
Vaccination against cholera is not needed for the most travellers. Only If you're traveling to the areas where cholera is common and the remote places without access to medical care, getting vaccinated may be advisable. The vaccine is given as a drink, and for adults, two doses can provide protection for up to two years. Always it is better to consult your healthcare provider to check if the cholera vaccine is necessary for your specific travel plans.
7) How long before travel should you get cholera vaccine?
The cholera vaccination to be taken orally in two doses. There should be minimum 7 days interval between these two doses. you should complete the vaccination course at least one week before traveling. It's always important to get vaccinated in advance allowing enough time to receive both doses before your departure.
8) Is cholera vaccine available in the UK?
Yes, the oral vaccine Dukoral being commonly used to prevent cholera in the UK. However, it is only recommended for travellers visiting areas where cholera frequently occur.
9) Where can I get vaccinated?
If you're looking to get vaccinated, you can book appointment online through our website or speak directly with one of our healthcare professionals who will assist you further and arrange your vaccination.

Call us today to book an appointment with one of our vaccine specialists.

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