Olympic Bound? Public Health Advises Travellers To Be Prepared

Written by admin, July 5, 2012

July 5, 2012 – Millions of people from around the world, including Canadians, are planning to attend the 2012  Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games in the United Kingdom to participate in, work at or watch the different events.

The Public Health Agency of Canada and Peterborough Public Health reminds travellers that being prepared can make the difference between an enjoyable, problem-free travel experience and an unpleasant one.
Being prepared means ensuring your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Routine vaccinations include the measles vaccine. Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world, including areas in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa and the Americas. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally.

Edwina Dusome, Manager, Infectious Diseases Programs at Public Health recommends that travellers consult their healthcare provider to ensure their routine immunization is up to date.Those without a healthcare provider can book an appointment at Public Health Immunization Clinic at (705) 743-1000. The Public Health also offers vaccination consultation appointments for travellers through its Travel Clinic which can be booked at the same number.

For more information about health and safety considerations prior to travelling, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s webpage on the 2012 Summer Olympics.

For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Officer
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391