If you have plans on flying back to Philippines with your kids for Christmas and staying there for a month, make sure to get a polio vaccine at least a month before you enter the country.
The Department of Health has given the advisory in an attempt to contain an outbreak of the infectious disease. This has been decided a month after discovering two confirmed cases of type 2 polio virus affecting a three-year-old from Lanao del Sur and a five-year-old from Laguna.
Health Undersecretary Rolando Domingo reminds travellers who haven’t had polio vaccination in the past year to get at least a single dose of inactivated poliovirus or IPV.
Domingo also says that Filipino travellers must be mindful before leaving the country and check if the country they’re visiting will require them to have an International Certificate of Vaccination from the Bureau of Quarantine as proof of their immunization.
The health official adds that there will be no travel restrictions for Filipinos for now.
If you haven’t had your polio vaccines yet, consult your family doctor as soon as you can.