Influenza season is underway in south east Asia. 535 people in Myanmar have been hospitalized with severe respiratory infection across the country since 21 July 2017. Of these cases, 204 have been confirmed infected with H1N1 flu virus.
Advice for Travellers
Travellers to countries during their influenza season are at similar risk of infection as local residents.
Crowded conditions encourage spread of infection and travellers can be exposed, for example in those attending pilgrimages (e.g. the Hajj), in aircraft, waiting rooms, buses, bars, hotels and on cruises.
The composition of the 2016/2017 UK influenza vaccine includes the H1N1 strain. Travellers included in the government's at risk groups should ensure that they receive the annual influenza vaccine, particularly if travel is anticipated. Travellers outwith these groups may wish to obtain the vaccine privately (if still available) if concerned.
- One of the most important ways of preventing the spread of infection is careful and frequent hand washing.
- If soap, clean water and towels are not available, alcohol hand rub can be used.
- If possible avoid crowded places.
- If possible avoid coughs and sneezes.
For further information see Influenza.