Top Australian tennis players ordered to be immunized ahead of 2018 Australian Open

Some of the country’s best players are being told that they need to be immunized to play in the Australian Open – the earliest of the world’s majors. The advice comes in a letter…

Top Australian tennis players ordered to be immunized ahead of 2018 Australian Open

Some of the country’s best players are being told that they need to be immunized to play in the Australian Open – the earliest of the world’s majors. The advice comes in a letter from Minister for Sport and Sport for the Northern Territory Michael Gunner on the Canberra Times.

“Given that there are multiple issues relating to the spread of this disease in New South Wales, I know the majority of athletes competing in Australian Open would consider their career is in balance at the moment with a possibility that they may need to reschedule events and competition based on this situation.”

However, the main factor in determining which players need to be vaccinated in 2018 is whether they’ve had any contacts with patients with norovirus or a friends or family member who has – especially in cases of athletes who are engaged in international competition. The infection can be easily spread around for up to 14 days and there have been more than 950 suspected norovirus cases in New South Wales so far this year. These new guidelines – which are actually more stringent than those in force in England – may help to ease the pressure on the players in the long run.

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