Influenza in Taiwan
16 Aug 2017
Seasonal transmission of influenza continues in Taiwan, although in the week ending 5 August 2017 the number of influenza-like illnesses in emergency departments is decreasing.
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.