Staying Healthy at 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games
The countdown has begun for the 2016 Rio Games and Brazil is preparing for an influx of international visitors. If you are planning to join thousands of British travellers expected to attend then preparation is the key!
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have launched their 'Stay Ahead Of The Games' campaign providing lots of great information for british nationals planning to cheer on our athletes.
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See their 'Top Tips Checklist', available at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/458817/FCO_SAOTG_Checklist.pdf
Point 5 of the FCO checklist is ‘Vaccinations’ and that’s where we at MASTA can help. Plan ahead and leave plenty of time to get the right advice. Some vaccinations that might be considered are given as a course over a number of weeks so don’t leave things until the last minute!
All overseas travellers should be up to date with the UK primary immunisation schedule. It’s a good opportunity to check that you’ve had routine vaccinations such as MMR. Other vaccines such as Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are frequently given.
International mass gatherings such as the Olympic Games attract people from all over the world often bringing a host of 'bugs' with them. Influenza can spread quickly when people are in close contact. Consider having this season's Flu vaccine before you go.
If you are making the most of the trip and planning to explore outside of Rio itself then additional vaccinations/tablets may be recommended:-
- Yellow Fever is a risk in the Amazon and the popular tourist attractions of Iguazu Falls.
- Malaria tablets will be recommended in certain areas especially in the Amazonian States.
- Rabies and Hepatitis B vaccinations may be considered depending on activities and travel plans.
It's not just Vaccines...
Not all potential health hazards can be prevented by vaccinations. Brazil frequently reports huge outbreaks of Dengue Fever - with over 1 million probable cases recorded in the first 6 months of 2015! This is a nasty flu-like virus that is spread by day-time biting mosquitoes.
Chikungunya and Zika viruses have also recently been identified in Brazil and are spread in the same way as dengue. Be prepared for biting insects such as mossies by wearing appropriate clothing and using effective repellents on exposed skin.
Travellers' Diarrhoea affects between 20-60% of travellers visiting high-risk countries. Get the right advice regarding food/water and personal hygiene. Consider taking a TD Self-Teatment Kit to minimise the impact of an episode of travellers' diarrhoea.
Stay up to date with any safety advice with the FCO's 'Know before You Go' website. You can also follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
In the excitement of booking event tickets, flights, accommodation, insurance and learning a few words of Portuguese don't forgot to take care of your health too. Book an appointment for an individualised travel health risk assessment with one of MASTA's travel health nurses.