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Going to Winter Olympics? Protect Your Health

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from Feb. 9-25, followed by the Paralympic Games March 9-18. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations for U.S. travelers to South Korea, including the following:

  • Visit a travel medicine provider four to six weeks before you depart.
  • Ask your provider about CDC-recommended vaccines: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis and rabies.
  • Inquire about medication you can take with you for travelers’ diarrhea.
  • Make sure your routine vaccines are up to date, including tetanus and influenza.
  • Pack prescription medications in a carry-on bag and bring a small first aid kit.
  • Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers, wear a hood or hat and gloves.
  • If you plan to extend your stay into warmer months, take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

The current CDC watch level for South Korea is Level 1 – Practice Usual Precautions. Click here for State Department travel warnings and alerts.