Department of Health Vaccination Advisory for World Cup
Posted June 09 2014
Department of Health Issues Vaccination Advisory for World Cup Travelers
The Department of Health wishes to remind the public that, with the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup just around the corner (June 12-July 13), travelers to the World Cup – which will be celebrated in Brazil this year – should ensure they are up-to-date with their vaccinations.
One of the vaccines may include a 2nd 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 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 your trip to Brazil and when you get 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 Region of 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 4pm. 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/symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain, headache, bleeding, and rash) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
How to download:
– iOS devices (iPhone and iPad): available from the App Store via <https://itunes.apple.com/br/app/saude-na-copa/id860378564?mt=8>
– Android devices (Samsung, Motorola, LG, etc): available from Google play via <https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=br.com.epitrack.healthycup>