Travelling football fans urged to visit GP ahead of World Cup in Brazil

Football fans planning to visit Brazil for the FIFA World Cup have been urged to see their GP for health advice and immunisation before making the trip.

World Cup: travelling fans urged to protect their health (Photo: iStock)
World Cup: travelling fans urged to protect their health (Photo: iStock)

A leaflet from Public Health England (PHE) warns fans of the health risks associated with visiting Brazil, including the potential need for yellow fever vaccination and antimalarial tablets for certain areas of the country.

It advises patients to 'see your GP, nurse or travel clinic for advice well in advance of your trip and remember to check you are up to date with your routine vaccinations'.

Dr Jane Jones, a travel health expert at PHE, warned that many of the health issues travellers may face ‘cannot be prevented by vaccinations’.

She said: ‘The health risks whilst travelling to Brazil will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, such as planned activities, length of stay and the general health of the traveller.

‘Preventive measures need to be taken; for example, consumption of safe food and water, avoiding accidents, safe sex, and protection from sun exposure and insect bites. A little caution and some sensible practices could avoid unpleasant illnesses which could ruin your World Cup experience.’

The FIFA World Cup will begin next week on 12 June and last until 13 July. England's first match, against Italy, takes place on 14 June.

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