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10 facts on cholera

Child receiving 2nd dose of Oral Cholera Vaccine in Pemba, Zanzibar.
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Safe and effective oral cholera vaccines are now part of the cholera control package

Two types of vaccines are WHO-prequalified. They are licensed in several countries and have shown to provide sustained protection of >50% against cholera among all age groups that lasts for two years in cholera endemic populations. The vaccines should target vulnerable populations living in high risk areas. Vaccination should not disrupt the provision of other proven interventions to control or prevent cholera epidemics.

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