Free Vaccinations for Jamaican Athletes Heading to Rio Olympics

The Ministry of Health is offering free yellow fever vaccinations to Jamaican athletes ahead of the Rio Olympics scheduled for August 5 to 21 in Brazil.

The Health Ministry says the offer is a precautionary measure.

All athletes, their management teams and family members travelling to Rio are being offered vaccinations.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is imploring travellers to get vaccinated against the disease.

The Ministry says persons travelling to and from affected countries should show proof of vaccination, or face a 10 day quarantine.

The Health Ministry notes that several Chinese nationals were recently denied entry at the Sangster International Airport for failure to show proof of yellow fever vaccination.

The Ministry is advising that the vaccine be done at least ten days prior to travel.

The yellow fever virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same vector that transmits the chikungunya, dengue and zika viruses.

The disease may cause headaches, muscle and joint pains, fever, vomiting and loss of appetite, and is often fatal.