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Cholera Vaccine


The vaccine is given to help protect you from bacteria that cause cholera. Cholera is an infection that can cause severe watery diarrhea and vomiting. Outside the US, the vaccine is available for adults or children. This vaccine may be given in 2 or 3 doses as a liquid to swallow. A booster dose may also be needed. In the United States, the vaccine is only given to adults aged 18 to 64. This vaccine is given as a single dose, in a liquid to swallow. The cholera vaccine can safely be given with other vaccines. It should be separated by at least 8 hours from the oral typhoid vaccine.


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

  • Your mouth and throat are swollen.
  • You are wheezing or have trouble breathing.
  • You have chest pain or your heart is beating faster than normal for you.
  • You feel like you are going to faint.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your face is red or swollen.
  • You have hives that spread over your body.
  • You feel weak or dizzy.

Call your doctor if:

  • You have abdominal pain, nausea, or diarrhea.
  • You lose your appetite.
  • You have a headache or feel more tired than usual.
  • You have questions or concerns about the cholera vaccine.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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