Precaution for H1N1 in Korea

My family has been bugging me to stop traveling due to H1N1 pandemic but I just wouldn't budge. The stubborn me. ^^

I am worried! Who says I'm not?

I must take some precaution before I go.

Those travelers like me that still want to travel to Korea but worried about the virus, here are some necessary info to help you if it really happen. Touch wood!

1. Wash your hands frequently especially after visiting crowded places.

2. Make sure to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, handkerchief or your clothes when you cough.

3. If you develop symptoms like a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, wear a mask and contact your tour guide for information on the nearest hospitals or state-designated clinics where you can receive the proper medical treatment.

4. Patients with chronic diseases (including lung diseases, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and liver disease), pregnant women, the elderly over 65, and babies under 59 months are especially vulnerable to influenza A. If they show signs of fever or respiratory symptoms, take them to nearby hospitals or state-designated clinics to get further medical care.

5. If you experience fever or respiratory symptoms, avoid crowded places and get proper medical care.

Contact no:

1339 (Emergency Medical Information Center)
- Available in English, Japanese and Chinese 24/7
- Consults on symptoms of Influenza A and provides information and guidance on the nearest hospital that provides service in your language.

129 (call center run by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs)
- Partial English and Japanese service available
- Consults on symptoms, provides information and guidance on the nearest hospitals for travelers

1330 (Korea Travel Hotline)
- Available in English, Japanese and Chinese 24/7
- Provides information on nearby hospitals or state-designated clinics where you can receive treatment.

Note: Costs incurred other than the anti-virus medicine will need to be covered by patients themselves.

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