Flu rates remain high

Influenza rates remained high in the week to Mar 8 (also in Kosovo) while intensity was classified as medium in several countries in the Balkan Peninsula as well as Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Georgia, Romania and Moldova. Influenza A virus were most commonly detected across the region. Read more. The WHO global flu update with data to Mar 1 noted an overall decline in infection rates with the exceptions of Algeria, Tunisia and Bhutan.

Advice for travellers

Seasonal flu is a common vaccine-preventable travel-related illness: it’s likely to be found aboard aircraft, in crowded airport terminals, and at your destination. Vaccination is highly recommended and travellers should also avoid close contact with people showing flu-like symptoms, and thoroughly washing hands using soap and water after using the toilet and before eating. Alcohol-based hand sanitiser is a convenient alternative if soap and water is not available.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.