Going to the World Cup? You Might Need to Get Vaccinated

Jun 6, 2018

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. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. 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.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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.