Sanofi Pasteur in Korea(General Manager: Baptiste de Clarens) announced that it cooperated with the medical committee under the Korea Football Association(KFA) in providing vaccination to the National Soccer Team at the National Football Training Center (NFC) located in Paju, Gyeonggi-do on 21st of last month. This cooperation was conducted with Yonsei University Severance Hospital.
The vaccination was provided to approximately 40 members including 23 soccer players, coaches and staffs. Three vaccines preventing five infectious diseases—meningococcal disease, hepatitis A, and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis)—were administered. These vaccines are recommended when visiting Russia for mass gathering events.
Dr. Sung-Joo Lee, a team doctor in charge of the National Soccer Team and member of medical committee under the KFA, said, “Special attention should be paid to the prevention and management of infectious diseases in overseas mass gathering events such as the World Cup or the Olympic Games.” Dr. Lee added, “The vaccination would help to protect the National Soccer Team and to keep their best conditions.”
Baptiste de Clarens, General Manager of Sanofi Pasteur in Korea, said, “Wish Korea’s National Soccer Team rings the bell of victory with best health condition in Russia.” He added, “Sanofi Pasteur, as a leading vaccine company, continues to raise the awareness of prevention against infectious diseases in particular mass gathering events such as the World Cup.”
The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention(ECDC) announced the results of rapid risk assessment for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. According to the ECDC, the national teams and visitors from all over the world are recommended to get vaccines against certain infectious diseases such as meningococcal disease, hepatitis A, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
|Go! Korea National Soccer Team!”Employees at Sanofi Pasteur in Korea wish victories of South Korea’s National Soccer Team in Russia. (Baptiste de Clarens, General Manger, is in the middle of employees).|
Meanwhile, around the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, the number of patients with meningococcal meningitis quadrupled compared to previous years(42 in 1988, 27 in 2002 and 38 in 2003). The number of reported cases of meningococcal meningitis in 2017, ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, was 17. This was three times more than in 2016.
The Korea Tuberculosis Association(KTA), the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and the Winter Paralympic Games Organizing Committee concluded a business agreement, and provided about 20 thousand doses of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine for the operation staffs during the Winter Olympic Games.
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