Going to Olympics? Update your vaccines

People from around the world could bring communicable diseases

ATLANTA | June 18, 2012

People from all across the world will attend the Summer Olympics in London and many will bring a communicable disease with them, U.S. health officials say.

Phyllis Kozarsky of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said those attending the Summer Olympics should make sure they are up-to-date on vaccinations.

"Even if you had all routine vaccines as a child, ask your doctor if you need a tetanus, pertussis -- whooping cough -- diphtheria booster, commonly known as TDAP," Kozarsky said in a statement. "Even if not attending the Olympics, many adults have not had a tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria immunization in years. Adults should get a booster every 10 years."

Measles immunization is also worth checking, too, because Europe had several outbreaks last summer, Kozarsky said.

Kozarsky reminded those attending the Olympics -- and summer travelers in general -- to bring good health habits with you including things like: Buckling up if in a car, washing hands frequently and wearing sunscreen.

"You can get a burn even if it's cloudy, if you're outdoors long enough," Kozarsky said.

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