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Generic name: cholera vaccine [KOL-er-a-vak-SEEN]

Drug class: bacterial vaccines

What is Vaxchora?

Cholera is a bacteria-related disease that can result in serious, potentially life-threatening diarrhea. Cholera can occur when you come into contact with water or food that has been contaminated by feces contaminated by Vibrio cholerae bacteria.

This vaccine is a way of the patient being exposed to a small amount of live cholera bacteria that causes your body to build up immunity to the disease. The vaccine is not able to cure an active disease that has already developed within the body.

Vaxchora is intended for individuals between 2 and the age of 64.As with all vaccines, Vaxchora could not protect against all types of illnesses.

Side effects of Vaxchora

Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue.

Common adverse effects of Vaxchora could be:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
  • Stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting;
  • Headache
  • Feeling exhausted.

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Others could happen. Consult your physician for advice regarding the medical effects of the vaccine. You can report any adverse reactions to the US Department of Health and Human Services by calling 1-800-822-7967.


For at least two weeks following receiving this vaccination, you should wash your hands frequently, particularly after going to the bathroom or handling food items.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to receive this vaccine if you've suffered any allergic reactions to Vaxchora before.

Speak to your doctor if you have ever suffered from:

  • An immune system that is weak (caused through illness or taking certain medicines)
  • Everyone in your family is susceptible to an immune system that is weak.

Vaxchora isn't absorbed into the bloodstream and is therefore not likely to harm the unborn baby should you get the vaccine in the course of pregnancy. But avoid receiving a vaccine within seven days prior to your scheduled date of delivery.If you're expecting, then your name might be included on the registry for pregnant women to monitor the effects of the cholera vaccination on your baby.

Since vaxchora cannot be absorbed in the bloodstream, it's not believed to cause harm to nursing infants.Vaxchora is not allowed for use by people who are younger than 2 years or over 64 years old.

How to take Vaxchora?

Vaxchora is typically administered orally (by mouth) in one dose. The vaccine is a powder mixed with water prior to consumption. This mixture will be given in a hospital or another health care setting.Follow the instructions of your doctor regarding receiving an additional dose, if required.

When you receive this vaccination, it is extremely important to make sure it is efficient. To ensure the best protection against cholera, this vaccination should be administered within 10 to 14 days prior to the time you leave for an area that is cholera-affected.For at least two weeks following the date you received Vaxchora, wash your hands frequently, particularly after going to the bathroom or handling food items.

When traveling in an area affected by cholera, stay clear of drinking soft drinks or drinking water that is not in sealed cans or bottles. Avoid ice cubes not made using bottled water. Make use of bottled water when brushing your teeth and while making food preparation or cleaning the areas where food preparation is taking place and served.

If bottled water isn't available, follow the recommendations from the World Health Organisation or the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention regarding cleaning water from the tap or any other source.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Because Vaxchora is administered as a once-in-a-lifetime vaccination, it is unlikely to follow a regular dosing schedule.

What happens if I overdose?

Because Vaxchora is administered by a medical expert in a medical environment, an overdose is not likely to occur.

What should be avoided?

Do not consume food or drink for at least 1 hour prior to or one hour following the vaccination.

At least seven days following the date you received this vaccine, bacteria from cholera can be found in the stool (bowel motions). During this period, you should not allow your body fluids to touch your hands or any other surfaces. Avoid contact with people who have an immune system that is weak.

Interaction with other drug

Discuss with your doctor all the medications you've been taking recently, focusing on:

  • An antibiotic
  • Chloroquine.

Inform your doctor if you've recently taken any medications or received treatments that could weaken the immune system, for example:

  • Steroids (oral, nasal, inhaled, or injectable);
  • Medication to treat the symptoms of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other conditions that cause autoimmune disease, as well as
  • Medications that treat organ donation

If you're taking any of the medicines listed above, you might not be able to get Vaxchora or might have to wait until other treatments are completed.

This list isn't complete. Other drugs can be incompatible with the cholera vaccine, which includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies. There are many possible interactions that are not included in this guideline for medication.