The WHO has issued a reminder to those soccer (football) fans heading to Russia for the World Cup in June – make sure routine vaccinations up to date, with an emphasis placed on the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine in view of the ongoing large outbreaks across Europe. ‘Of the 32 countries that will participate in the World Cup, 28 have reported cases of measles this year.’ Further, ‘The increase in international travel and the mass movement of people during events such as the World Cup increases the risk of transmission of diseases. It also increases the likelihood of travelers returning to their countries with diseases such as measles, which is highly contagious and can have grave consequences on the health of unvaccinated populations.’ More information on smartraveller.
Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.