UK Club has notified members of a change in the requirements for vaccination and certification of Filipino crewmembers visiting certain ports as a result of a recent outbreak of polio. The situation was first noted by IMEC and further confirmed by UK Club-approved clinics in Manila and Club Correspondents Pandiman.
The Philippines declared an outbreak of polio in September this year. Several countries have reacted by introducing a requirement for polio vaccine from Filipino seafarers.
Currently there are 10 Countries requiring polio vaccination certificates from Filipino Travelers:
Pandiman have advised people travelling from the Philippines to check the immunization requirements of the country they are going to. If required, they should receive a dose of Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) before departure and get their International Certificate of Vaccination from the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) to serve as proof of their vaccination.
People going and/or coming from Philippine to Indonesia, they are required to be vaccinated against Polio (IPV-Inactivated poliovirus Vaccine), to prevent dissemination of poliovirus disease, and must produce a valid (ICVInternational Certificate of Vaccination).