Thursday, March 20, 2014

Is it good to use cholera vaccine orally during outbreak?

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors and its team of scientists, Epicentre published the first report that talks about the effects of taking cholera vaccine orally. This report is published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Orally taken cholera vaccine was introduced in the medical system in 2010 but since then, there isn`t exact information about the risks and effects that come with this way of controlling of cholera. Because its timeliness, acceptability and feasibility is unknown by the population, people are discouraged to take the vaccine orally. According to Dr. Francisco Luquero, the principal investigator of this report, with proper planning it is possible to give the vaccine to millions of people in a remote area against this disease and in a relatively short time. However, he emphasizes that “more evidence is still needed about the feasibility of reactive campaigns in densely populated urban areas. Oral cholera vaccines should not be viewed as a long-term solution for global cholera control.”

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