TRAVEL ADVISORY: Keeping Healthy and Polio-free in the Philippines

READ: Calling the attention of our dear customers! For those who are planning to/are going to the Philippines as their travel destination, please be informed that the country is experiencing a Polio Outbreak as announced by the Department of Health last September 19, 2019.
With the help of polio vaccines, there has been no case of the disease for almost two decades in the Philippines. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the polio outbreak has reached Alert-Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) as of October 8, 2019. But, there's no need to worry! There are precautionary measures that you can follow to have a safe and healthy trip in the Philippines. 

A list of to-do's to prevent polio:

  • Be fully vaccinated. Especially if you’re traveling with an infant or child, make sure s/he completed all the four (4) doses before bringing him/her along. If as a child you weren’t vaccinated, secure your three (3) doses of IPV.

  • Get a lifetime adult booster (for polio). Even if you've already completed the vaccination routine as a child, you'll need to have this if you’re going to be exposed to a high-risk location.

  • Schedule for an IPV before leaving the Philippines. If you stayed for more than four (4) weeks in the Philippines, you may be required to get a polio vaccine 4 weeks to 12 months before your departure. This is to prevent the spread to other countries.

  • Be mindful of what you eat. Polio can be acquired through consuming foods or drinks contaminated with infected feces. Double-check if you’re eating in a properly-sanitized and highly-hygienic food place.

  • Wash your hands. Properly clean your hands from time to time. Most frequently, this body part has direct contact with things and people. An infected person may have contaminated your hands already so keep those hands neat!

  • Consult your doctor. When it comes to health, it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Therefore, it is highly advisable to consult a medical expert first before anything else.
Please be guided accordingly and have a safe vacation in the Philippines!

For assistance, you may contact the following:
U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
+63 (2) 5301-2000
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444