When you are travelling to countries in Africa, Asia and/or Central America it is important to have a vaccination so you do not contract cholera.
Cholera is a serious infection which can get into your body by way of contaminated water and foods. This is often due to low sanitation in certain countries around the world, such as parts of Africa and Asia.
Symptoms of cholera
- Dehydration (feeling thirsty or dark yellow and have strong-smelling urine)
The cholera vaccination is recommended if:
- You are travelling to an area where cholera is common and you will be visiting remote places without access to medical care
- You are an aid or disaster relief worker going to an area where a cholera outbreak is likely
The vaccine is given as a drink.
For adults, 2 doses (given 1 to 6 weeks apart) can provide protection for up to 2 years.
You need to have had both doses at least a week before travelling.