Health ministry reiterates vaccination warning ahead of Brazil World Cup
THE Ministry of Health is reminding those who will be travelling to this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil to ensure that they get immunised against measles and yellow fever at least 10 days before their scheduled departure.
Required medication for malaria should also be taken in advance of departing the island.
In a release to the media yesterday, Director of Emergency, Disaster Management & Special Services in the ministry Marion Bullock-Ducasse said the precaution is in light of the fact that people from a number of countries which either currently have an outbreak, or are endemic for certain vaccine- preventable diseases, will gather in Brazil for the World Cup.
DuCasse noted that Brazil itself is presently in the midst of a measles outbreak.
"There are countries involved in the World Cup that also have the risk of transmission of yellow fever and malaria and so we want to ensure that our population is protected and also prevent a reintroduction of these diseases in Jamaica," she explained.
Yellow fever vaccines are routinely administered at the Comprehensive Health Centre, Slipe Pen Road, Kingston each Friday and at the St James Health Department, Creek Street, Montego Bay on the first Monday and Wednesday of each month, as well as the third Wednesday and Thursday.
The Ministry of Health, through the South East Regional Health Authority, has made additional arrangements for people to access the vaccines and receive prescriptions for the malaria pills at the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department, 5 Marescaux Road, Kingston 5.
This will be done by appointment only on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm beginning this Saturday, May 17, 2014.
The numbers to call for making appointments are 920-8977, 926-1550-2 or 906-1291-3.