Potential use of oral cholera vaccines

Use of oral cholera vaccines in emergency situations is accepted but remains a challenge. To date, there is no specific indication for use of oral cholera vaccines in endemic situations, and intervention studies are being performed to prove their effectiveness as a public health tool.

Recommendations on vaccine use

Oral cholera vaccines should be used in certain endemic and epidemic situations. The use of these vaccines must be complementary to existing strategies for cholera control. Well designed demonstration projects using oral cholera vaccines should be implemented to inform global cholera programmes of the rational introduction of such vaccines.