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.