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Influenza H1N1 Screening

Sunday, January 1, 2012
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) continues to monitor influenza activity since the World Health Organization downgraded the status of H1N1 (Pandemic Phase 6 to the Post Pandemic Phase in August 2010). H1N1 influenza is now the predominant seasonal flu strain circulating worldwide.

CLIA member lines continue to remain vigilant and have actively maintained rigorous surveillance and response plans. Passengers and crew are screened before embarkation and persons with signs and symptoms suggestive of influenza are isolated to contain and prevent the spread of illness. Member lines continue to retain the ability to deny boarding if determined to be appropriate under the circumstances. Member lines continue to carry adequate quantities of influenza supplies, to include flu testing kits, N95 face masks and antiviral medication such as Tamiflu. Crew members participated in H1N1 vaccination programs once the vaccine became commercially available in December 2009. In addition to this, crew members are being vaccinated with the 2010/2011 Trivalent Northern Hemisphere Influenza vaccine. The cruise industry will continue to take proactive steps, remain vigilant and act responsibly.

CLIA Member lines work closely with a variety of organizations, including the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Canada, Pan American Health Organization, Caribbean community and Common Market, United Nations World Tourism Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. As an example, member lines closely follow the guidance and requirements set forth by various divisions within the U.S. CDC and continuously revise their policies and procedures to ensure they are current and effective. This has enabled the member lines to respond quickly to evolving circumstances and to communicate professionally with medical and public health authorities worldwide. Each member line is strongly committed to providing all passengers and crew with the assurance that public health is foremost in their day to day planning and a top priority on every cruise.



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