World Cup Goers Urged To Have Necessary Jabs

By Editorial 23 April, 2014

A health awareness campaign in Australia is reminding football fans planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup that vaccination against deadly Yellow Fever is compulsory, and that they should discuss health risks with a travel doctor at least six to eight weeks ahead of departure.

Yellow Fever remains widespread in Brazil, including in areas where World Cup football games are scheduled to take place. The disease kills one in six of those infected, and carriers may spread it further. There is no cure, and the illness can cause kidney and liver failure.

The campaign is headed by Dr Deborah Mills, a spokesperson for the Travel Medicine Alliance. To spread the word, Mills is partnering with the Docceros, the Australian medical football team, who will be participating in a tournament in Brazil coinciding with the World Cup.

Mills warns: "The number of reported deaths from yellow fever among travellers during the past decade has increased, and this figure may increase without yellow fever vaccination."

Vaccinated individuals are given an internationally recognized certificate for inspection by immigration officials, effective ten days after vaccination and valid for ten years. Those who, for medical reasons, cannot receive the vaccine may apply for an exemption certificate.

Australian travelers have also been advised to ensure they are up-to-date with vaccinations for Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), as well as for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies.

You can check out our city guide for World Cup goers here.

Tags: Australia | Brazil | Expats | Healthcare | Travel | Welfare | Healthcare | Sports | FIFA World Cup |


News Archive