MANILA - Filipinos traveling to Indonesia are advised to get a dose of polio vaccine as the country is stepping up its efforts to prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease.
In an advisory issued on October 18, 2019, the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta said Indonesian authorities instructed Health Offices in its airports, seaports and border-crossing to increase strict supervision and precautionary measures against Polio VDPV (vaccine derived polio virus) Type 2.
The embassy said travelers to and from the Philippines are advised to get polio immunization for at least 4 weeks before travel and obtain an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV).
If travelers arriving in Indonesia without the immunization requirement, the Port Health Office will give polio vaccination and issue ICV to them on site. They will be charged with RP45,000 or equivalent to (P170).
The embassy reminded that travelers who refuse to be vaccinated may either be deported or prevented from entering Indonesia.
Last Sept. 19, DOH declared a polio outbreak in the Philippines after 2 cases of the virus were confirmed in the country.