Catch World Cup Soccer Fever, Not Diseases, Warns PAHO/WHO

Caribbean nationals traveling to Russia for the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament are being warned by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to get vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella before they go.

The World Cup runs June 14 to July 15.

According to the PAHO/WHO, the mass movement of people during the World Cup increases the risk of transmission of diseases and the likelihood of travelers returning to their countries with diseases such as measles.

“We recommend that people get vaccinated at least 15 days prior to travel,” Cuauhtémoc Ruiz Matus, head of the Comprehensive Family Immunization Unit at PAHO, noted in a recent press release.

Of the 32 countries that will participate in the World Cup, 28 have reported cases of measles this year.