Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Designed to entice and care of Australia’s medical professionals and healthy people, The Australian Open is taking a stand against potential unvaccinated individuals who wish to attend the 2017 tennis tournament.
According to public health experts, unvaccinated people are strongly linked to many cases of preventable diseases.
The World Health Organization estimates that over 10 million illnesses and 800,000 deaths occur worldwide every year, “which can be traced back to people’s failure to vaccinate themselves or their children,” according to its webpage .
While it remains possible to follow simple precautions — such as going to the GP, washing hands and avoiding the temptation to ask your friends where they got their arms from — it is also imperative to “seek medical advice and choose a vaccine to protect yourself and your family,” said a spokesperson for the World Health Organization in a statement.
“In addition, preventive measures such as vaccination against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella, polio, chicken pox, meningitis and other more complex childhood infections may also be recommended,” they added.
The Australian Open promises vaccinations in bulk from CVS — a pharmaceutical distribution company — provided that you bring in one other unvaccinated friend to the same location where vaccination is available, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Infants under three months old, older children, pregnant women and health professionals will not be eligible for the offer.
The Australian Open, which will run from January 15 to February 26, is open to all Australians who wish to attend.
For more information, visit the Australian Open website .