By Published On: 6 May 2015

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The COVID-19 pandemic remined cruises of the importance of good health and hygene on board. Even today there are still COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships, albeit contained. What’s more, seasonal flu outbreaks can ruin an otherwise perfect cruise vacation.

Get vaccinated

So doctors are urging passengers to get vaccinated, both agaist the flu and COVID-19. 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. They’ve reminded the public that flu strains changes year-on-year, so annual vaccinations are recommended.

Passengers sick with flu

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.

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

Vicky Sheppeard, director of the communicable diseases branch, NSW Health in Australia

Use hand sanitisers

Whilst onboard doctors also recommend using the many hand sanitisers located though out the ship. Studies have show this greatly reduces the risk of illness and help maintain the health of fellow guests and crew.

About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

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