Football fans advised to be immunised before travel to 2018 FIFA World Cup

Measles outbreaks in Europe put visitors to Russia at risk

Football fans advised to be immunised before travel to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Stars Insider

05/06/18 | StarsInsider

HEALTH 2018 FIFA World Cup

Football fans are advised to be immunised for measles, mumps, and rubella ahead of travelling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup this month. The tournament kicks off on June 14, and Public Health England has issued a statement encouraging those travelling to the event to update their MMR vaccine.

There have been 440 confirmed measles cases in England this year. The outbreaks are reported to be mainly associated with travel to and from Europe, where there are large ongoing measles outbreaks. Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said "The measles outbreaks we are currently seeing in England are linked to ongoing large outbreaks in Europe. The majority of cases we are seeing are in teenagers and young adults who missed out on their MMR vaccine when they were children."

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