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H1N1 Travel Advice . International Programs and Services. Do not travel if you are feeling sick. If you have flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and avoid travel for at least 24 hours after you stop having symptoms.

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h1n1 travel advice

H1N1 Travel Advice

International Programs and Services

do not travel if you are feeling sick
Do not travel if you are feeling sick.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and avoid travel for at least 24 hours after you stop having symptoms.
  • Symptoms of novel H1N1 flu virus are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
  • Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting.
be informed before you go
Be informed before you go.
  • Every country is different.
  • Every situation is different.
  • Make sure you are aware of travel restrictions before you go.
    • Your travel may be restricted based on your country of origin.
    • Your travel may be restricted based on the countries you’ve recently visited.
    • Your travel may be restricted based on the country’s outbreak history.
    • Your travel may be restricted based on medical symptoms exhibited before you travel or when you arrive at your final destination(i.e. temperature, flu-like symptoms, etc).
be informed before you go4
Be informed before you go.
  • Check the Center for Disease Control Website for UPDATED travel advice. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/outbreak-notice/novel-h1n1-flu-global-situation.aspx
  • Check the US State Department Website for UPDATED travel warnings and travel alerts. http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html
  • Check the Embassy Website of the country or countries you plan to visit.
be informed before you go5
Be informed before you go.
  • Check to see if your insurance will cover medical emergencies, travel delays, or interruptions. Purchase additional insurance if you think it is necessary.
  • Locate, in advance, medical facilities that will be covered by your insurance.
  • Check with your doctor to see if you need additional immunizations or shots BEFORE you go.
monitor situations while abroad
Monitor Situations While Abroad
  • Register with the US Embassy in your host country. http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration_1186.html
  • Monitor the news for information about outbreaks in your host countries and countries you plan to travel to.
  • Monitor the news for information about outbreaks in the US before your return trip.
what to do if you are sick while abroad
What to do if you are sick while abroad.
  • It is expected that most people will recover without needing medical care.
  • If you have severe illness or you are at high risk for flu complications, seek medical care.
  • A US consular officer can help you find local medical care in a foreign country. To contact the US embassy or consulate in the country you are visiting, call Overseas Citizens Services at:
    • 1-888-407-4747 if calling from the US or Canada,
    • 00-1-202-501-4444 if calling from other countries, or
    • Visit Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Mission to find the contact information for the local US Embassy of the country you are visiting.
  • Avoid further travel for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer.
  • Follow all local health recommendations. For example, if you are sick, you may be asked to put on a surgical mask to protect others or to stay in your home or hotel to prevent the spread of novel H1N1 flu.
practice healthy habits always
Practice Healthy Habits Always
  • Stay healthy: drink lots of water, eat fresh foods, and exercise regularly.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand gels are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
helpful websites and references
Helpful Websites and References
  • Center for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
  • US State Department http://www.state.gov/travel/
  • Embassy of the United Kingdom http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/swine-flu
  • Michigan Technological University H1N1 site http://www.mtu.edu/flu/
in case of an emergency
In case of an emergency
  • Contact your host university’s international affairs office.
  • Contact IPS at +1.906.487-2160 during regular office hours.
  • Contact Greta Gustafson, Coordinator of Study Abroad, at +1.616.893.9433
  • Contact Thy Yang, Director of International Programs and Services, at +1.701.590.0892
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