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Euro2008 fans told to have MMR jab

Fans visiting Switzerland for this summer's Euro2008 football championships are being advised to have the MMR vaccination before they arrive.

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health has recommended that all foreign visitors to Switzerland receive MMR vaccine because of an outbreak of measles affecting several countries in Europe.

Switzerland is the worst affected, with nearly 1,000 cases reported since the start of the year. Between the second week of March and 16 April a total of 202 measles cases have been reported in Austria, mostly linked to transmission from a primary school in Salzburg.

In the UK, adults born before 1970 are likely to have developed immunity following natural infection, but all travellers to Switzerland born after 1970 should ensure that they have received a total of two doses of MMR vaccine.

Tick borne encephalitis (TBE) vaccine should be considered for those venturing into forested areas before or after the football championship.

All travellers going to forests and their fringes should take precautions to avoid tick bites, and remove ticks immediately. TBE can also be contracted by drinking unpasteurised milk products.

Information sources

ECDC/PRU ­ Communicable Disease Threats Report 04-18-2008 www.travax.nhs.uk www.nathnac.org

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