Footy fans heading to Brazil need their shots

| 05/06/2014

(CNS): The Public Health Department has said that residents heading to the World Cup this month should make sure they have upto date shots. “All residents of the Cayman Islands travelling to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, including delegation members and media personnel, should be fully vaccinated against measles and rubella prior to their travel” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr Kumar. “All vaccinations should be completed at least two weeks before travel. As we are now at the start of June, we are making a special call for those who intend to travel to this region and have not yet been vaccinated, to do so immediately.”

During the World Cup, it is estimated that over 600,000 fans from across the World will travel to join in events. Nineteen out of 32 of the countries participating in the World Cup had reported measles cases in 2013.  Officials are concerned that the easy access and frequency of air travel will put all non-immune persons at risk for infectious diseases and could re-introduce the viruses in the Americas.

All travelers to the World Cup over the age of 6 months are to be vaccinated against measles and rubella, preferably with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. 

In the Cayman Islands, two doses of MMR are customarily given at 15 months and again at 4-6 years. Travelers who are not up todate with their vaccines are at greater risk of contracting these diseases when in close contact with infected persons in countries and locations where the viruses still circulate.

The first sign of measles is usually a high fever which begins about 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus from a measles case. A runny nose and cough, along with red and watery eyes and small white spots inside the cheeks can develop in the initial stage. This is followed by a rash on the face and upper neck, eventually reaching the hands and feet. Close contact with other people must be avoided for seven days following onset of rash. 

Travelers to Brazil are advised to contact the Public Health Clinic on 244-2648 or Faith Hospital on 948-2243 for an appointment, or to consult their physician to seek necessary vaccination and travel advisory. In the event they develop a rash and fever, they should contact a physician immediately and advise of their travel history.

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Is the Olympic Commitee going?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don't go in the water!

  3. Fred the Piemaker says:

    Maybe because they already have measles in the UK and we don't here.  Maybe because our health professional are a little more alert to the isue.  Or maybe its part of the usual UK government conspiracy to harm the the Cayman Islands.  SMH.  

    • Anonymous says:

      'UK governmentconspiracy' – really! You have a very inflated opinion on the importance of the Cayman Islands to the UK government. Most Brits have never heard of the Cayman Islands so don't kid yourself that anyone in UK government loses any sleep about what goes on in this little place!

  4. noname says:

    Cayman all the way Bo Bo!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I'm just curious to hear why this advice is being offered in the Cayman Islands when no similar warnings have been issued in the UK, which is one of the 19 countries that has reported cases of measles.