Vaccination Advisory for World Cup Travelers

June 3, 2014

The Department of Health is reminding the public that, with the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup just around the corner, travelers to the event – which will be celebrated in Brazil this year – should ensure they are up-to-date with their vaccinations.

A spokesperson said, “One of the vaccines may include a second dose of measles, mumps and rubella. Despite the fact that measles and rubella have been eliminated in the Americas, these viruses are still circulating in other regions of the world and thus the Americas is at risk of virus importations [travelers potentially bringing the measles or rubella virus to the region].

“In addition, parents are encouraged to ensure routine immunization for all infants and children in order to maintain protection from the risk of imported measles.

“Travelers to the World Cup are advised to please be on the lookout for the following symptoms, both during the trip to Brazil and after returning home: fever, rash, cough or runny nose or conjunctivitis, joint pain, and swollen glands.

“If while traveling or on your return you believe that you have contracted measles or rubella:

  • Stay at home [or in your hotel room if traveling] except to seek medical attention
  • Do not travel and do not go to public places
  • And avoid close contact with others for 7 days after your rash appears

“Please help us to keep the Americas free from measles and rubella.

“Measles is an infection of the respiratory system, immune system and skin caused by a virus. Measles is spread through respiration [contact with fluids from an infected person's nose and mouth, either directly or through aerosol transmission], and is highly contagious.

“Rubella, also called ‘German measles’ or ‘three-day measles’, is a contagious viral infection best known by its distinctive red rash. Rubella is not the same as measles, though the two illnesses do share some characteristics, including the red rash. However, rubella is caused by a different virus than measles and is neither as infectious nor usually as severe as measles.

“Travelers to the World Cup should consider risks associated with food, water and mosquito borne illness, personal safety, drug and alcohol use and unprotected sex. Information about prevention is available from the Travel Clinic.

“Travel clinic appointments at the Hamilton Health Centre are scheduled in advance for a Tuesday or Thursday of each week from 1.45pm to 4.00pm. Call 278-6460 to book an appointment. Travel consultations should be made well in advance of departure, to ensure appropriate vaccination prior to travel abroad.

“The Department of Health also wishes to notify travelers to the World Cup about the Healthy Cup app available, which is part of a project to improve public health surveillance during this time. It is a free Web application, designed for use on mobile devices and web browsers.

“It’s a simple process that relies on voluntary participation by visitors or residents in Brazil, reporting their health status through information on 10 signs and symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain, headache, bleeding, and rash, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

“To download the Healthy Cup app, iOS users [iPhone and iPad] click here and Android users click here.”

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  1. nuffin but the truth says:

    ENGLAND for World Cup!

  2. One more thing be mindfull of where you are and your surroundings….dose Latin women make a lot of ruckus vhen you make love to them.

  3. Be Safe People says:

    Use protection people!!

    Cause if this is what their local tv shows –> then you can only imagine world cup!