Keeping our Olympic athletes healthy and ready to compete in Rio

From Rockhampton to Rio – in August this year, Australia’s finest athletes will descend on Rio de Janeiro to compete against some of the world’s best.

To make sure our athletes are in the strongest shape they can be, it is important that they are vaccinated against common diseases that could significantly affect their performance.

“We are proud to support  the Australian Olympic Committee and supply our athletes with $150,000 worth of medicines and vaccines they need to be in top shape to compete in Rio,” said Sheryl Page, Vaccines Director, GSK Australia.

Kitty Chiller, Chef De Mission, 2016 Australian Olympic Team stated that “our athletes always make us proud and it is important that they are healthy when travelling to Rio and are vaccinated against everyday diseases, and can access the medication that they need.”

GSK Australia has provided over 800 doses of the diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis vaccine; 800 doses of the Typhoid vaccine; 600 doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine and 700 doses of other vaccines.

“Any one travelling overseas, whether for the Olympics, business trip or a family holiday, should speak to their doctor beforehand to check their vaccination schedule is up to date,” added Sheryl Page.

Included in this donation are over 5700 Panadol tablets to help athletes suffering from pain, and nearly 10,000 doses of asthma medication to assist asthmatic athletes.

GSK Australia wishes our athletes the best of luck and has no doubt that they will do us proud.

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