A round-up of the global travel health issues hitting the headlines which could potentially have an effect on travellers.
Travel Health News – July 2016
- The Meningitis B vaccine will not be given to children under the age of two as part of the childhood vaccination program in the UK. Many Travel Clinics will however offer the vaccine for children.
- Spain introduces its new tourism tax from 1st July. All travellers over the age of 16, visiting the Balearic Islands, will pay between 2 EUROS and 0.50 EUROS depending on the accommodation type.
- Simon Calder of the Independent looks at what BREXIT means for holiday makers and travel to Europe.
- South Africa warns travellers about the potential of “winter malaria“
- Toddler dies in Florida after being dragged into the water at the Disney Park by an alligator
- Zika Virus remains a global travel health issue – meanwhile approval is given for vaccine trials in the USA
- Independent May 2016 – Harvard scientists believe the Rio 2016 Olympics could spark a “full-blown global health disaster”. Zika virus has swept the country since it’s discovery in Brazil in March 2015.
- All travellers to the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme will now need to have an e-Passport. An e-Passport contains an integrated chip and is recognisable by the international Symbol on the front cover. See the UK Government Website for more information.