Australian Open team warns players: Get vaccinated

Written by By Randie Meickering, CNN

Can playing in the world’s biggest tennis tournament shield players from deadly diseases? The Australian Open’s head of security thinks so.

That’s why on Thursday, Tennis Australia encouraged all players entering the tournament to show their immunization records, including two types of chickenpox. The World Health Organization has identified chickenpox as one of the diseases that could be contagious in Australia.

Australian Open security advised spectators and players to show they have proof of immunization. Credit: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images

“In the past, players travelling to events like this would carry a visit from the vaccination provider, and show them their vaccination records,” a Tennis Australia statement said. “Having this in place will help ensure there are no infectious matters.”

Many players may be unaware that diseases like the varicella zoster virus can be transmitted from pets or people to humans.

The Rotary Club of Sydney has previously been more open about its policies regarding vaccination. The Rotary Club of Sydney lists chickenpox as a preventable disease it doesn’t want its members to contract.

If children or adolescents want to compete in a Rotary Club event, they must be up to date with vaccinations and show proof of it, Rotary Australia’s website says.

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