What Is Cholera Vaccine And How Is It Used?
Cholera Vaccine is a prescribed vaccination that is used to prevent the symptoms of Cholera from occurring. Cholera vaccine can be administered alone or in combination with other drugs. The Cholera Vaccine is a medication that belongs to a class of medications known as Vaccines, Live, Bacterial. In children under 2 years of age, it is not known whether or not the Cholera Vaccine is effective and safe.
Why Get Vaccinated?
Cholera vaccine is effective in preventing cholera. Cholera is transmitted through the consumption of contaminated food or drinking water. In most cases, it is not transmitted directly from one person to another, but it can be transmitted by contact with the faces of an infected person. Cholera is a disease that causes severe diarrheas’ and vomiting. If left untreated, it can cause dehydration and even death if not treated immediately. Those who travel to nations where the disease is prevalent are more at risk of contracting cholera (Haiti, and parts of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific). While cholera has only been reported in a few cases in the United States, it has been linked to people who consumed raw or undercooked seafood from the Gulf Coast. Additionally, it is critical to be cautious about what you eat and drink when travelling, as well as to maintain proper personal cleanliness, in order to avoid aquatic and foodborne diseases, including cholera.
The cholera vaccine that is used in the U. S. is an oral vaccine that must be swallowed. There is only one dose required. The use of booster dosages is not recommended at the present time. The majority of travelers do not require a cholera vaccine. If you are an adult between the ages of 18 and 64 who will be travelling to an area and people are being affected with cholera, your health care practitioner may recommend that you obtain the cholera vaccination. In addition to not being 100 percent effective against cholera, the cholera vaccination does not provide protection against other food- or waterborne infections. The cholera vaccination is not a substitute for exercising caution when it comes to what you eat and drink.
Talk With Your Healthcare Provider
- Inform your vaccine provider if the person receiving the vaccine has any of the following characteristics:
- Has ever experienced an allergic reaction after receiving a previous dose of cholera vaccine, or has any serious, life-threatening allergies other than food allergies.
- Is pregnant or breastfeeding, or has a strong suspicion that she may be pregnant.
- A person who either has a weakened immune system or who has close contacts (for example, household contacts) who have a weakened immune system
- Has recently been prescribed antibiotics.
- Is currently using anti-malaria medications or intends to begin taking them within the next 10 days.
- The cholera immunization may be postponed until a later visit, depending on your health care provider’s discretion.
- People who are suffering from minor ailments, such as a cold, may be eligible for vaccination. It is normally recommended that people who are moderately or seriously ill wait until they have recovered before having the cholera vaccination.
- More information on this can be obtained from your health-care provider.
- After using the restroom and then before preparing or preparing food, regularly wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. It is possible for cholera vaccine to be shed in stool for at least 7 days after it has been attenuated (weakened).
Risks Of A Vaccine Reaction
Following cholera vaccination, symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomit, decreased appetite, and diarrhoea are possible. As with any medication, there is a very small chance that a vaccine will cause a severe allergic reaction, other serious harm, or even death in some people.
What If There Is A Serious Problem?
It is possible that an allergic reaction will arise after the person who has received the vaccination leaves the clinic. The person should be sent to the nearest hospital if they exhibit signs of a severe allergic response (such as hives, swelling of the face and throat), which should be reported immediately to 9-1-1 and followed by a fast heartbeat, dizziness, or weakness. If you see any additional indicators that cause you concern, contact your healthcare physician.