This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

The 2018 soccer World Cup kicks off in Russia next week, but attendees will have a little more to worry about than whether or not their team will advance to the finals.

The European office of the World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging those going to the World Cup to get vaccinated for the measles. There are currently outbreaks of measles, a highly infectious disease typically spread through coughing and sneezing, in some areas of Europe.

Between April 2017 and March 2018, 28 countries in the European Union or European Economic Area reported over 14,000 cases of measles, according to a report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Since the beginning of 2016 the EU has seen 57 measles-related deaths and the ECDC explains that 87 percent of the the reported cases came from unvaccinated individuals. This highly contagious virus can can linger in infected spaces for up to two hours and if one person has it, 90 percent of people close to the infected person who are not immune will also become infected, according to the Center for Disease Control.

However, with the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, the risks of infection are reduced to almost zero. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are 97 percent effective in preventing the disease.

“It’s very important that individuals check their status before they travel so they don’t contract the disease at the World Cup or, worse, that they don’t bring it into their home communities and import it into countries that may have already eliminated the disease,” Robb Butler, who heads the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization Program for the WHO’s European office, told CNN. According to data Butler cited, last year more than 20,000 people across Europe got measles, and at least 35 died.

The good news, though, is that you can use points and miles to go to the World Cup, and that Russia has relaxed visa requirements for fans.

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points Terms Apply.

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: Delta Sky Club and Centurion lounge access, $200 annual airline fee credit and up to $200 in Uber credits annually

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
$550
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.