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Cholera Vaccine

Introduction of Shanchol Oral Vaccine

Shanchol Oral Vaccine is a vaccine protection against cholera, which is a severe diarrheal disease caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholera. Shanchol works by stimulating the intestinal immune response which limits the colonization of the gut by the bacteria Vibrio cholera, should you be exposed to it in the future. It is an effective way to protect against the potential spread of this epidemic and life-threatening disease. Shanchol Oral Vaccine is a single-dose vaccine, administered orally and is safe for most people, including children and pregnant women. It is recommended to take the vaccine as part of an integrated cholera control strategy, which includes access to clean water, improved sanitation, and proper case management. Shanchol Oral Vaccine should not be recommended for use in infants (less than 1 year of age), safety and efficacy have not been established.

Shanchol Oral Vaccine is given by a healthcare professional and should not be self-administered. Before using Shanchol, inform your doctor or nurse if you have a history of any pre-existing disease, allergy, etc. Additionally, if you have recently received vaccinations or are planning to receive vaccinations in the near future, be sure to inform your doctor.

Uses of Shanchol Oral Vaccine

Prevention of Cholera: Shanchol Oral Vaccine is used to prevent Cholera an acute diarrheal disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera. It is spread through contaminated water or food and can lead to severe dehydration and death if not treated promptly. Symptoms include watery diarrhoea, vomiting, and muscle cramps.

Benefits of Shanchol Oral Vaccine

Cholera, a severe diarrheal disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, can be fatal if not treated promptly. It is primarily spread through contaminated food or water. Shanchol Oral Vaccine provides protection against cholera by triggering the body to produce its own antibodies against the bacteria. Shanchol Oral Vaccine is recommended for individuals who plan on travelling to areas with a high incidence of cholera infection. To further reduce the risk of infection, it is important to practice good hygiene and avoid consuming contaminated food or water while travelling.

Shanchol Oral Vaccine can be taken orally and it is important to avoid eating, drinking, and taking any other medications for an hour before and after taking the vaccine to ensure its effectiveness. Shanchol provides protection against cholera, a severe diarrheal disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera. Shanchol Oral Vaccine can help control and prevent cholera outbreaks, especially in areas with poor sanitation and limited access to clean water. Shanchol may reduce the risk of death from the disease. Shanchol Oral Vaccine can protect vulnerable populations such as children, pregnant women, and people living in crowded and unsanitary conditions.

Side Effects of Shanchol Oral Vaccine

Like all medications, Shanchol Oral Vaccine can cause side effects but do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them.

Most Common Side Effects of Shanchol Oral Vaccine

  • Acute Gastroenteritis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever,
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Itching, Rash

Common Side Effects of Shanchol Oral Vaccine

  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Cough
  • Vertigo
  • Dryness Of Mouth

How to Use Shanchol Oral Vaccine?

Shanchol Oral Vaccine is to be taken orally. A healthcare professional such as a doctor or nurse will determine the appropriate dosage and administration based on the patient's individual condition, age, and medical history. It is crucial to remember that self-administration of Shanchol is not recommended and it should only be taken under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Additionally, it is important to note that the Shanchol Oral Vaccine should not be administered through any other methods such as intramuscular, subcutaneous or intravenous injection. Oral administration is the only recommended method for this Shanchol.

How Shanchol Oral Vaccine Works?

Shanchol Oral Vaccine works by introducing a small amount of a killed or weakened form of cholera bacteria into the body. This exposure triggers an immune response, where the body produces antibodies to fight off the bacteria. These antibodies remain in the body, providing immunity against future cholera infections.

Safety Advices Shanchol Oral Vaccine


Use of Shanchol Oral Vaccine may be unsafe during pregnancy as animal studies indicate that it may harm the developing foetus. However, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is important to talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits of taking Shanchol during pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to help you make the best decision for you and your baby's health.


Shanchol Oral Vaccine is safe for use during breastfeeding. Studies conducted on humans indicate that the vaccine does not pass into breast milk in significant amounts and is not harmful to the baby.


Shanchol Oral Vaccine is safe to use in patients with liver disease. No dose adjustment of Shanchol is recommended. If you experience any side effects please consult your doctor.


It is generally not recommended to drink alcohol while taking Shanchol Oral Vaccine. It may increase the risk of liver damage. it is best to avoid alcohol or limit your alcohol consumption while taking any medication.


It is uncertain if the Shanchol Oral Vaccine affects one's ability to drive. If any symptoms that impair focus and reaction occur, do not operate a vehicle.


Shanchol Oral Vaccine is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Shanchol is recommended. If you experience any side effects please consult your doctor.


1. Cholera Vaccine (inactivated, Oral) B.p., Shanchol, Sanofi Healthcare India Private Limited, India, Product Leaflet 

2. Cholera Vaccines And Recommended Use, World Health Organization, Available Form

3. Stop Cholera. Cholera Vaccine (inactivated, Oral) I.p. Available Form 

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