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Vaccination advice for London 2012

Vaccination being administered

People intending to travel to the UK for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were advised to check their vaccination status and ensure they were all fully immunised according to their own national vaccination schedules.

Advice provided for national teams travelling to London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

As part of their preparations for travelling to the UK for the 2012 Games, national team physicians were advised to check the vaccination status of all their players, supporting staff and accompanying travellers, and ensure they were all fully immunised according to their own national vaccination schedules. They were requested to pay particular attention to measles, mumps and rubella. Although vaccination coverage is relatively high in the European region and in the UK, there have been significant outbreaks of measles in Europe and localised outbreaks in the UK.

Immunisation against measles and rubella prior to travel to the UK significantly reduces the risk of individuals contracting these diseases, with all the consequent disruption to team preparation and competition, and reduces the likelihood of teams exporting diseases to their home country.

Adults who travelled should have received two doses of MMR vaccine. If this was not the case, or if the status of vaccination was unclear, an additional dose of the vaccine was recommended.

Team physicians were advised to be well acquainted with the clinical symptoms of vaccine preventable diseases, especially measles, mumps and rubella, in order for prompt action to be taken should symptoms be observed.

Team physicians were also advised to be familiar with the public health notification requirements in the UK to ensure they complied with the legal requirements and they could access any additional help they needed.

Advice provided for people travelling to London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

People intending to travel to the UK for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were advised to check their vaccination status and ensure they were all fully immunised according to their own national vaccination schedules. They were advised to pay particular attention to measles, mumps and rubella. Although vaccination coverage is relatively high in the European region and in the UK, there have been significant outbreaks of measles in Europe and localised outbreaks in the UK.
Immunisation against measles and rubella prior to travel to the UK significantly reduces the risk of individuals contracting these diseases, with all the consequent disruption to holiday plans, and reduces the likelihood of visitors exporting diseases to their home country.

Adults who travelled should have received two doses of MMR vaccine. If this was not the case, or if the status of vaccination was unclear, an additional dose of the vaccine was recommended.

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