The 2012 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games are being hosted in London, England from July 27 – August 12 and August 29 – September 9 respectively. More than a million people will travel to the United Kingdom (UK) to participate in, work at or watch the different games and events.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is proactively promoting health protection measures to Canadians who are planning to travel to the UK for the Games.
We understand the important role travel agencies play in reminding clients about health considerations when they travel abroad. Once again, we kindly request that you reach out to your membership and ask them to inform their clients of the new travel health information on the Public Health Agency’s 2012 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games website.
Key highlights include:
· Travel Health Notice on the Games;
· specific travel health recommendations for the UK;
· fact sheets (Travellers’ Diarrhea, Receiving Medical Care in Other Countries, etc.); and
· Well on Your Way: A Canadian’s Guide to Healthy Travel Abroad.
Travel Counsellors can remind clients to visit the Public Health Agency’s travel health notices for information on how to prepare for and stay healthy during their trip.
Clients should also be made aware that there are ongoing measles outbreaks in many countries in Europe, including the UK. Measles is a highly contagious disease and easily transmitted among susceptible persons. Travellers should make sure their measles vaccination is up to date prior to departure as immunization is the best defence against this disease.
The Public Health Agency will also be reaching out to Canadians through Facebook and Twitter. We ask that you please “Like” our messages and retweet them on your Twitter account (if available).
Together, we can help protect Canadians against many common and preventable travel-related illnesses. Thank you for your support.
For additional information, please visit www.travelhealth.gc.ca