The world’s biggest sporting extravaganza is set to be inaugurated this August this year in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Approximately 500,000 visitors are set to hit Rio to witness the event and if you are planning to be among the crowd, you need to know a few things to stay healthy, particularly if you, your partner or someone you know heading to the city is pregnant.
- Travel safety 101: Keep your vaccines updated
- Stay insured
- Prepare for the mosquito threat
- Plan safe sex
- Watch out where you are heading for a bath
Travel safety 101: Stay vaccinated
You know what, infectious diseases love big crowd, which is going to be the case at Rio! To stay safe from nefarious infections is to stay vaccinated.
What Smart Traveler does:
A smart traveler stays vaccinated for diseases such as measles, rubella, and mumps etc. Plus there are vaccines recommended especially for Brazil. If you are headed for the Olympic Games this year, make sure you are covered. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended vaccinations for typhoid (particularly if you are an eating aficionado) and Hepatitis A.
“Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world with varied disease risks depending on where they plan on going in the country,” says travel medicine expert Tania Gregorian, an assistant professor at Chapman University School of Pharmacy. “For example, planning a trip into the Amazon requires different preparation than a trip to just Rio de Janeiro.”
An important point to note: Certain vaccines take a number of days before getting effective. For instance, vaccine for Hepatitis A takes two to four weeks for that. You ought to consider getting vaccinated in time.
We at Xo Sam wish for your safety during your travel, particularly if you are traveling with kids and / or pregnant women companions. However, getting travel health insurance is recommended given that you would have something to cling on to in case anything goes wrong.
What Smart Traveler does: A smart traveler checks what his or her options are before moving. For instance, the US offers Smart Traveller Enrollment Program, a free service, for which travelers can register at the local US Embassy.
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