Is there a vaccine for cholera?

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There are two types of cholera vaccinations available, but neither has been approved for use in the United States, where the disease is rare. They're given by mouth (orally), and are safe and effective.
 
Cholera is very dangerous -- it can kill within hours if it isn't treated. It is an acute diarrheal infection. People with low immunity because of malnourishment or HIV infection are at greater risk of death if they are infected with the disease.

Some vaccines for cholera exist, but not in the United States. The current vaccines do not give full protection against cholera. Health authorities in the United States do not recommend the use of cholera vaccines.

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