*for children between 2 and 6 taking DUKORAL® to prevent cholera, start at least 3 weeks before your departure
Be sure to speak with your healthcare professional about DUKORAL® before you travel to an at-risk area. You do not need a prescription if you are taking DUKORAL® to prevent enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC)-diarrhea, unless you live in Québec. DUKORAL® is available at your local pharmacy or travel clinic.
If you are taking DUKORAL® for cholera, it does require a prescription.
DUKORAL® is not recommended for use in pregnancy. If you are pregnant, your healthcare professional will discuss the possible risks and benefits of taking DUKORAL® during pregnancy.
It is also not recommended for travellers who have a fever or an acute gastrointestinal illness. If you have diarrhea or a fever, you should postpone taking DUKORAL® until the illness has passed. However, you may take the vaccine if you have a mild illness, such as a cold.
People who have an allergy to any ingredient of DUKORAL® or its container, or to formaldehyde, should not take the DUKORAL® vaccine.
Protection against diarrhea caused by heat-labile toxin-producing enterotoxigenic E. coli (LT-producing ETEC) and cholera begins about 1 week after the last dose taken.
For diarrhea caused by ETEC:
• If you have taken DUKORAL® in the last 3 months to 5 years, a single dose will renew your protection for 3 months.
• A single-dose DUKORAL® format is available from your pharmacist and should be taken at least one week before you travel.
• Children 2 to 6 Years: If your child received their last dose of DUKORAL® between 6 months and 5 years before, one booster dose will be sufficient to renew their protection.
• Adults and Children 6 Years and Older: If you or your child received your/their last dose of DUKORAL® between 2 and 5 years before, one booster dose will be sufficient to renew your/their protection.
The most common side effects of DUKORAL® are abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Some people who receive DUKORAL® may feel feverish. Allergic reactions can also occur.
Potentially serious side effects include dehydration and shortness of breath; however, these side effects occur very rarely.
You should see a healthcare professional if you experience any of these side effects.
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