CDC Offers Travel Tips for Sochi Olympics Visitors
A CNN report indicates the high cost of travel, hotels, and food is limiting the number of Americans who travel to Sochi for these games. Those who go should be vaccinated and plan ahead for a safe trip, according to CDC.
Competition in the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, will begin Feb. 6, and the country’s reported $50 billion investment to present the games safely and without incident will be on display. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted health information for travelers to Russia in conjunction with the start of the games to help U.S. citizens who are attend them to be well prepared.
"Talk with your doctor about how to stay healthy and safe before, during, and after your trip to the Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Russia. Visit CDC's health information for travelers to Russia website for more information," according to the agency's notice. The online information page says most travelers should get a Hepatitis A vaccine, and some should be vaccinated against Hepatitis B, rabies, and Japanese encephalitis.
Other CDC tips:
- Pack smart. Be sure to pack a travel health kit and plenty of warm and waterproof clothing and shoes.
- Check your insurance. Travelers need proof of medical insurance that is valid in the Russian Federation to get a visa. Most domestic insurance plans won't cover you if you need medical care overseas, so check with your provider to see if you have coverage outside the United States.
- Stay safe. When at crowded events, plan where to meet your group if you get separated. Always scout out emergency exits when at large indoor events.
- Healthy habits: Always wear seat belts. Wash your hands well and often. Drink alcohol in moderation and use latex condoms if you have sex.
The games will end Feb. 23.