Ensuring traveler's health for the 2012 London Olympics
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a digital press kit last week with tips for travelers that will help ensure a healthy, safe and memorable travel experience to London this summer for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Business travelers to London during the games would be wise to follow the advice, as corporate furnished apartments do not come with immunity to various diseases and risks associated with travel.
The CDC advises travelers to make sure they are up to date on all routine vaccinations, including the measles vaccine, and reminded travelers of measles outbreaks in 2011 that resulted from American travel to Europe.
Before departure, travelers should research how to access emergency care and other medical care options in London, CDC reported. It may be helpful to note that in London, ambulances and police are called by dialing 9-9-9 and not 9-1-1. Pharmacies and walk-in centers are good for caring for any minor injuries or illnesses travelers may experience.
Finally, the CDC advised travelers to carefully look at traffic signs and vehicle directions before stepping off of sidewalks in London. English drivers driving on the left side of the road may produce some confusion for visitors.
Gary Brunette, MD, Branch Chief of CDC Travelers' Health said, "With a little education and preparation, travelers can enjoy the games, the country and great health."