Prevention of Zika virus

Learn how infection with Zika virus can be prevented.

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How can you prevent infection with Zika virus?

Currently, there is no vaccine for Zika virus.

However, you can reduce your risk of getting Zika virus by:

Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel.

What should you do if you've travelled to a Zika-affected country?

For women

If you want to become pregnant after returning home, we strongly recommend you wait at least 2 months before trying to conceive. This time is what your body needs to clear any possible Zika virus infection.

For men

Zika virus can survive a long time in the semen of infected males. We strongly recommend that you wear condoms correctly and consistently or avoid having sex:

  • with a pregnant partner for the duration of the pregnancy
  • for 6 months after travel before you and your partner try to conceive
  • for 6 months after travel with any sexual partner

Men who have returned from Zika-affected countries should postpone semen donations for 6 months.

Men and women who have travelled to Zika-affected countries or areas should wait a minimum of 21 days before donating:

  • cells
  • blood
  • tissues
  • organs
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