Cruise health: doctors say get vaccinated agaist the seasonal flu. Indeed, regular cruisers will be familiar with the health questionnaire they need to complete before boarding. Cruise companies can and do deny boarding to those suffering illness.
So in the interests of cruise health doctors in Australia have reminded cruisers to get vaccinated against the flu after unusually high rates of infection in recent months. They’ve reminded the public that flu strains changes year-on-year, so annual vaccinations are recommended.
Public health officials said that from February to April over 550 passengers from 30 voyages, as well as crews from 8 different ships, all showed signs of the flu. They have urged cruisers to get a flu vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to sailing to ensure they are protected.
Vicky Sheppeard, director of the communicable diseases branch of NSW Health in Australia told local press: “We are asking everyone to get vaccinated, because if you catch flu it will ruin your cruise and for some people it could result in severe illness”.
Whilst onboard we also recommend using the many hand sanitisers located though out your ship. Studies have show this greatly reduces the risk of illness and help maintain the health of fellow guests and crew.