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Cholera Prevention


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You can prevent cholera by avoiding contaminated food and fluids in areas where cholera occurs. Currently, these areas include parts of these countries and continents:

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • India
  • South America
  • Central America

When traveling in these areas, you are advised to:

  • Eat only well-cooked foods that are served hot.
  • Avoid all raw or undercooked shellfish.
  • Avoid salads.
  • Avoid raw vegetables that you have not peeled yourself.


The short-term cholera vaccine that was previously manufactured and sold in the United States is no longer available. Because it offered only brief and inconsistent immunity, this vaccine was not consistently effective. Cholera vaccines that provide somewhat better immunity and fewer side effects are now available in other countries, but are not recommended for travelers and are not licensed in the United States.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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