Symptoms of Cholera:
The most common symptom of cholera is diarrhoea, and therefore is difficult to determine cholera from other illnesses. Other more serious symptoms of cholera include:
- Nausea and vomiting: vomiting is known occur in early stages of cholera
- Dehydration: fatigue, sunken eyes, dry mouth, low blood pressure
How to prevent Cholera:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and use hand sanitise, particularly after using the toilet.
- Ensure to eat cooked food that is hot, avoid street food if possible.
- Drink bottled water or water that has been boiled.
- Avoid raw fish
Is there a Cholera vaccine?
There is a vaccine for cholera. A cholera vaccination is recommended for aid workers and people likely to have limited access to medical services – for example, people working in refugee camps or after natural disasters.
The vaccine is given as a drink in 2 separate doses, taken 1 to 6 weeks apart (providing protection for up to 2 years). Children ages 2 to 6 years should have a third dose taken 1 to 6 weeks after the second dose.
Make sure the final dose of this vaccine is at least a week before your travel.
If you have previously been vaccinated against cholera and you’re planning to travel to an area where the infection is common, a single booster dose or full revaccination is usually recommended.
How much does the Cholera Vaccination Service cost?
The Cholera Vaccination costs £65, available at selected Day Lewis Pharmacies.