Flu ticking along at low levels

Low levels of flu were recorded across most of the globe according to the latest WHO update, but a number of countries did have sporadic activity: Bangladesh, India, Iran, Laos, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, and the UAE. In the first two weeks of 2021, almost 80 percent of laboratory-tested positive flu samples were found to be influenza B. The advice on interpreting the flu data is to use caution - healthcare-seeking behaviour, provision of healthcare services, and testing practices and capacities have been impacted by the pandemic in many jurisdictions.

Advice for travellers

Seasonal flu is the most common vaccine-preventable travel-related illness because it is a potential risk during every stage of the journey. Whether you are travelling within Australia or overseas, Travelvax recommends vaccination for all travellers over 6 months of age. Read more about influenza.

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.