Take your flu vaccine before visiting China – Health Department

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

All those planning to visit China are being asked to take their influenza (flu) vaccination at least two weeks prior to travel to prevent severe diseases. This according to the Superintendence of Public Health.

In a press release, the health authority said that it is following clusters of pneumonia found in Wuhan City in China. A new type of coronavirus was identified in China on the 12th January following an outbreak. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there’s no clear evidence that shows that the virus can be transmitted from one person to another.

The health authorities are asking all those visiting Wuhan to steer clear of farms and to properly wash their hands among other things.

Travellers that experience acute respiratory symptoms withing 14 days of visiting Wuhan are being advised to contact their doctor and indicate their travel history to Wuhan. They are also being asked to contact the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit on 2134086.

According to the Superintendent for Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci, there’s only a low-level risk that the mysterious virus infiltrates Malta. Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt yesterday, Prof. Gauci said that the virus is currently limited to China. She said that this type of virus is not as easily spreadable as a normal cold.