This page contains information on precautionary measure and recommendations for international travelers' health preparations.
2009 H1N1 Influenza
Stay current with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/), the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/), and the U.S. Department of State's (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4493.html) announcements regarding H1N1 influenza (also commonly called swine flu).
In order to receive emergency information from the relevant Embassy or Consulate via e-mail, you must register your travel with the U.S. Department of State.
U.S. Department of State announcements may include important information about potential border closures. Although the World Health Organization has not recommended border closures or travel bans, each country reserves the right to make decisions contrary to these recommendations.
University physician, Dr. Beth Alexander recommends the following infectious disease prevention strategies for pandemic flu (http://pandemicflu.msu.edu/):
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (then throw out the tissue)
- Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue
- If you have a fever along with other symptoms, please call your medical provider to determine whether you should be tested for flu
- If you do have the flu, please stay home to avoid infecting others
Monitor local requirements
Many news agencies report increased efforts in health-related screenings at many international airports and land border crossings. You may find it helpful to monitor these requirements as you travel or make plans to travel abroad.