Pandemic Health and H1N1 Flu Virus

Faculty and Staff

Pandemic Health and Travel

Students planning on travelling overseas or who are currently abroad are strongly encouraged to visit the Department of Foreign Affair’s webpage on H1N1 Influenza and review the country report for their destinations carefully. In the past, pandemic strategies of local governments have included restricting local and international travel. Students travelling abroad may be subject to both local and Canadian travel restrictions.

DFAIT has advised that it cannot provide Canadians living or travelling abroad with medication during a pandemic. Likewise, access to medication, including Tamiflu (medication often prescribed to persons with H1N1 virus) and the quality of medical facilities differs from region to region. Participants should discuss all health issues with their health care practioners, including a travel specialist.

Please note that many countries have implemented screening measures at airports aimed at identifying persons with flu symptoms. Travellers may experience delays at airports due to increased security measures. Consider postponing travel if you have any flu symptoms and consult with medical authorities.

Participants should evaluate these risk before embarking on any trip abroad.

For information on symptoms and recommendations for avoiding the flu, visit the University’s Emergency and Crisis Planning website.

If You Develop Symptoms of H1N1 Influenza While Abroad

Public Health Canada has a useful website with advice for travellers that develop H1N1 symptoms while travelling.

Abide by local government and public health regulations.

Consult with medical authorities. A list of physicians can be obtained through the nearest Canadian Embassy or consulate.  A listing of these establishments can be accessed through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade website.

Contact your onsite supervisor and the Safety Abroad Office at Persons travelling on U of T sponsored programs should review their additional contact information.


Additional Information

World Health Organization websites frequently for up-to-date information on pandemic influenza, including H1N1 Influenza for travel recommendations, hygiene and symptoms.

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention also has a useful website

Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.


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