CDC updates advice for travelers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the 2009 H1N1 flu viruses are expected to circulate throughout 2010, including during the Southern Hemisphere flu season.

Any traveler who wants to reduce the risk of getting sick with 2009 H1N1 should get the 2009 H1N1 vaccine. It is best to get the vaccine at least two weeks before the start of your trip.

With the U.S. “spring break” season coming up, many students will travel in the United States and internationally. The 2009 H1N1 vaccine is recommended for college age students since this age group has been hard-hit by 2009 H1N1.

In addition, people planning to go to the soccer World Cup are also recommended to get the 2009 H1N1 vaccine. The World Cup will take place in June in South Africa, which is during the Southern Hemisphere’s flu season. 2009 H1N1 is expected to cause illness in Southern Hemisphere countries during their 2010 flu season, which usually starts in April or May.

Travelers who have already received this vaccine do not need to be revaccinated.