Norovirus notifications up

A surge in norovirus cases over the past month in Auckland, many occurring in early learning facilities, has prompted health services to call attention to the need for strict hygiene measures, appropriate cleaning routines and, importantly, keeping kids home if they suffer gastrointestinal symptoms. The 29 outbreaks notified to health authorities over four recent weeks generated 10 times the norovirus infection average for the region. Read more

Advice for travellers

Extremely contagious, norovirus infection is typically intense but generally short-lived, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, which may lead to more serious complications among young children, the elderly, and the sick. To minimise the risk, wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and before eating, and practice good hygiene. Read more on norovirus.

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.