Federal government’s CDC offers advice for WYD travelers

The Centers for Disease Control is among the organizations that have recognized that thousands of Americans will be traveling to Spain this month for World Youth Day.

This posting on the CDC website offers advice specifically for group leaders, while this one has more general information for travelers.

Group leaders are offered advice about what medical-related preparations should be considered such as vaccinations, knowing the local equivalent for 911 for emergency calls (it’s 112 in Spain and throughout much of Europe) and what to bring along in an emergency kit.

Individuals get more generic advice about making sure you’ve had a measles vaccine, taking normal precautions to avoid food-borne and respiratory illnesses and how to deal with extreme heat.

The somewhat surprising thing is that this health advice comes with a bit of cheerleading for World Youth Day itself:

“World Youth Day (WYD) is an awesome opportunity for  cultural, social, and spiritual growth for Catholic youth from around the world, but don’t get so caught up in the excitement that you neglect your health and safety. Take a few simple steps to protect yourself and make sure you get the most out of the experience.”

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