A member asked:

Why does the cholera vaccine only contain cholera poison and not the cholera bacteria?

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Dr. Scott Welker answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Both!: The recipient of the vaccine develops antibodies to the toxin and the bacteria. The most common vaccine in use today contains killed whole cells and fragments of the toxin. The vaccine acts by inducing antibodies against both the bacterial components and the toxin!

Answered 10/22/2012



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