Travelling to the Olympics? You may need a yellow fever vaccine
According to the International Olympic Committee, “Rio is ready to welcome the world”. With the games only two weeks away, the question is: are you prepared for your trip to Brazil? Depending on your itinerary you may need a yellow fever vaccination. Some of the football matches are being held outside Rio and are in yellow fever and malaria areas. You may also have plans to visit other countries in South America that require a yellow fever certificate for entry.
Yellow fever is contracted from the bite of a mosquito and is a risk in certain regions of Brazil, but there are other health risks that need consideration. Other mosquito-borne diseases in Brazil include malaria, zika virus, and dengue fever. Traveller’s diarrhea can occur after eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Also, a recent increase in mumps has been reported in certain states of Brazil and an MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is recommended for travellers who aren’t adequately protected.
With over 500,000 international visitors expected to attend the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and with all the excitement the event creates, it is important to be reminded about practicing safe sex. This will reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and zika.
It isn’t too late to make an appointment in our clinic. We will ensure you are properly prepared for your trip by reviewing your itinerary, health and vaccine histories. We will also provide you with useful preventative information for zika virus and we will administer vaccines you might need, to ensure you have an enjoyable and healthy experience at the Olympic Games.