Filipinos Visiting Indonesia For Four Weeks Or More Need To Get The Polio Vaccine

You’ll need proof of immunization starting November 1.
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Traveling to Indonesia and staying for four weeks or more? You need to be vaccinated against polio before entering the country, according to Inquirer.net. The Philippine Embassy in Indonesia advised that precautionary measures against vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV) type 2 will be implemented by the Indonesian Port Health Offices.

Starting November 1, Filipinos need to present proof of immunization such as an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV), a medical or doctor’s certificate, or other acceptable documents. Without proof of immunization, travelers can get the vaccine and ICV for about $13 at the Indonesian Port Health Offices. If you’re staying for less than four weeks, you don’t need to present vaccination documents. 

Last month, the Department of Health declared a polio epidemic in the Philippines, after a child from Lanao del Sur and another child from Laguna Province were confirmed to have the disease. Yesterday, a third case was confirmed in Datu Piang, Maguindanao.

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There is no cure for polio and the best course of action is to get the vaccine. Prior to the current epidemic, the Philippines had been declared polio-free since October 2000.

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