Cholera is an acute intestinal disease that causes severe diarrhoea. It is most common in countries where access to good sewage systems and clean water supply is limited. Cases of cholera can still be found in some parts of Africa and Asia.
The chances of contracting cholera while travelling to high-risk countries are small. However, the best way to protect yourself while traveling in high-risk countries is to get the cholera travel vaccine at your local Travel Health Clinic. By practicing excellent hygiene – frequent hand washing, drinking bottled water, and using bottled water to brush your teeth – you can also reduce your chances of getting ill.
Even though there are no cases of cholera in the UK, there is definitely a risk of getting cholera in other parts of the world. That’s the main reason you should visit Hodgson Pharmacy Travel Clinic to get a cholera travel vaccination in Dartford or at one of our other convenient branches including Longfield and Bexley.
What is Cholera?
The bacteria containing cholera, Vibrio cholerae, is typically found in food or water contaminated by human faeces from someone who has the infection. When you consume contaminated food or water, the bacteria release a toxin into the intestines, leading to severe diarrhoea.
Cholera symptoms can appear within a few hours or up to five days after contracting the infection. In most cases, the symptoms are mild. However, it can cause severe watery diarrhoea and vomiting, leading to dangerous dehydration. Infected individuals can still spread cholera to others even if they experience minimal or no symptoms at all.
Get A Cholera Vaccination at Hodgson Pharmacy Travel Vaccination Clinic
Most people do not require a cholera vaccine when living in the UK. However, Hodgson Pharmacy offers the cholera travel vaccination in Longfield, Bexley, and Dartford should you need it.
It’s normally recommended only if:
· You are visiting countries where cases of cholera are common or if visiting remote areas where medical care is limited.
· You are a relief management worker or aid provider living in regions where there is a high risk of cholera outbreaks.
Contact Hodgson Pharmacy today to book your appointment for a cholera travel vaccination in Bexley. We also have convenient locations in Longfield and Dartford.