Flu warning for Australian travelers

Flu warning for Australian travelers


Winter has long been forgotten in this country and with him during the flu season. However, things are very different in the southern hemisphere, with Australia currently experiencing one of the strongest flu waves for years. Up to 200 people have already been victims of the flu. So please remember Reisewillige to vaccine protection!

The most serious influenza epidemic in recent years

Winter has long been forgotten in this country and with him during the flu season. However, things are very different in the southern hemisphere, with Australia currently experiencing one of the strongest flu waves for years. Up to 200 people have already been victims of the flu. So please remember Reisewillige to vaccine protection!

The German Travel Medicine Center (CRM) is currently recommending a flu shot for all travelers to Australia. The most affected states are South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. But also on the island of Tasmania, the first infections have already been recorded.

By the end of June 2019, the Australian authorities had about 100,500 confirmed infections in the country. A year earlier, there were only 16,100 infections during the same period. Up to now, 192 people have died from complications related to the flu. Older people are particularly affected.

Influenza season in the south of June to October

In the southern hemisphere, the flu season normally lasts from June to October. Anyone planning a summer vacation in Australia should make sure they are vaccinated against the flu. Often, tourists aboard cruise ships as well as organized tour group participants forget the influence of the flu. Vaccine protection, among others, is important for people over 60, for the chronically ill and for pregnant women.

In addition to the flu, doctors should always check the status of vaccination against hepatitis A and hepatitis B, as well as against meningococcus. The more individual travel projects are and the closer the contact with the Australian population, the higher the risk of infection. Revaccinations or the corresponding booster vaccinations are usually always possible a few weeks before departure.

source: https://www.crm.de/aktuell/


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