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Influenza in China (South)

16 Aug 2017

South China: influenza activity continued to increase in the week ending 30 July 2017. While the proportion of influenza-like illness  was lower than in the previous week, it was higher than in the same time periods of 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

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.

Reducing Risk

  • 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.