Low flu activity maintained

The WHO advised in its latest flu update that ‘Worldwide, influenza B detections accounted for the majority of the very low numbers of detections reported’. The data, taking in activity to mid-February, noted influenza detections in several tropical African countries, as well as reports of influenza A(H3N2) viruses in India, Laos, Thailand, East Timor and Vietnam.

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.