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Travelling for a sporting event

Travelling for a sporting event
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Should I get shots before travelling for a sporting event?

If you are travelling to support your favourite team, you should take steps to look after your health just as you would on any other trip. Here are some pointers to get you started.

Make a travel health appointment six weeks before you go

The best step you can take to protect your health before you travel for a sporting event is to get good advice. At Canadian Travel Clinics we are equipped to give you the advice and the immunisations you need, no matter what your destination. Let your travel health nurse know that you plan to watch a sporting event and they will tailor their advice to give you the best protection.

Protect yourself from the sun during a match

If you are going to be out of doors for a long period in a hot climate, you need to think about protecting yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. Pack a sun hat and sunscreen and clothing that provides good coverage. And take a couple of water bottles so you can stay hydrated with safe water from a known source. During the event, try to seek shade in the middle of the day. See our advice on sun safety for more pointers.

Avoid insect bites and insect-borne diseases while watching sport

Insect bites may be a risk at sporting events in some places. You can get shots against some insect-borne diseases, and you can take drugs that give you good protection against malaria. However, these cannot provide complete protection, and there are some insect-borne diseases that you can only avoid by avoiding bug bites.

Protect yourself from the cold while spectating at a game

Depending on the place you are visiting for your sporting event, you may find yourself standing in a cold stadium for long periods. Wear adequate clothing – think thermal underwear, lots of layers and a thick jacket. And bring a hat and gloves, too. You may also need to protect yourself from the rain – a light waterproof that is large enough to go over all your cold weather gear could be a good bet.

Protect yourself from respiratory diseases in a crowded stadium

Are your regular shots up to date? These will protect you from the most common diseases you are likely to be exposed to in a crowded space. Depending on where you are going and what time of year, your travel health advisor might recommend getting vaccinated against diphtheria and meningococcal meningitis. Another top tip for avoiding respiratory disease is to wash your hands often – even an alcohol-based hand rub can help. Read more about handwashing with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health.

Is your travel health insurance up to date?

As with any trip abroad, check that your travel health insurance offers all the cover you need and is properly up to date. For more information about why you need travel health insurance, see our article.

How do I make an appointment for travel vaccinations in Vancouver?

Canadian Travel Clinics can offer same-day vaccinations at our travel clinics in Vancouver. Make an appointment online right now.