Cholera Vaccine

Ensure that you stay safe while travelling by getting a cholera vaccine in Leicester and Nuneaton.

Cholera is an infection that causes someone to have watery diarrhoea. While it’s not found in the United Kingdom, there’s still the risk of acquiring it while travelling in some areas of the globe. It’s paramount to have cholera vaccine in Leicester and Nuneaton before going to the cholera high-risk areas.

How do you get cholera while travelling?

You get cholera mainly from:

  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Eating contaminated food (especially shellfish that has been in unclean water)
  • Eating food that an infected person has handled

The risk of acquiring cholera while travelling is minimal. It’s mostly prevalent in regions with little or no access to the modern sewage systems or clean water supply including parts of The Middle East, Central America, and the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa.

How do you avoid cholera while travelling?

Maintaining good hygiene can assist in stopping you from getting sick while visiting those regions where cholera is prevalent.

What to do:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and clean water following a visit to the toilet and prior to eating or preparing food
  • Only drink bottled water or tap water that’s been boiled
  • Use boiled or bottled water to brush your teeth

What not to do:

  • Don’t eat uncooked vegetables and fruits that haven’t been washed with clean water
  • Avoid eating seafood and shellfish
  • Do not consume ice cream or put ice in your drinks


Cholera vaccination

Most travellers do not need routine cholera vaccination. However, it’s important that if you are an aid worker or someone who’s visiting places with limited medical access, you should get the vaccination. These people include those working following natural disasters or in refugee camps.

Taken one to six weeks from each other, the cholera vaccine is typically administered as a drink in two separate doses.

Children between the ages of 2 and 6 should have a 3rd dose administered one to six weeks following the 2nd dose.

It’s ideal to take full revaccination if you’ve had a cholera vaccination before and you have plans to travel to high-risk areas.

Get in touch with Leicester Travel Clinic to learn more about the cholera vaccine in Leicester and Nuneaton.