30 Jun 2009

Delay for Tokelau travellers over swine flu control is understood and accepted

6:43 pm on 30 June 2009

Passengers wanting to travel to Tokelau are said to be showing understanding of the stand down period being imposed because of swine flu.

Tokelau's Director of Health, Lee Pearce, says people are having to wait a week in Samoa before travelling to make sure they are not infected with the H1N1 virus.

Ms Pearce says her administration is taking advice from regional organisations and New Zealand and would consult before changing the precautions:

"If it kind of evolves that this you know, pandemic turns out to be another flu, but a serious flu, and then a vaccine comes out, we will monitor it as events unfold and take advice."

Ms Pearce says the measure is necessary to protect a vulnerable population that faces long travel times to access medical care in the event of severe illness.