The Ministry of Health advises persons traveling overseas, including to Japan, to be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) ​

The Ministry of Health advises persons traveling overseas, including to Japan, to be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles), in accordance with Ministry of Health recommendations. 
An outbreak of rubella (German measles) has recently been reported in Japan. Approximately 5,000 patients have been reported from the beginning of this year until now.
Approximately 500 new cases per week have been reported since April.
Some 90% of the patients are between the ages of 20-40 years. Estimates place the expected peak morbidity in the month of June. 
Pregnant women who are ill with rubella (German measles) during pregnancy are at increased risk for giving birth to a baby with congenital defects, which could be severe.
Below are the Ministry’s recommendations:
  • Age 6-11 months: One dose.
  • Age 12 months to 17 years: Two doses of the vaccine, with an interval of at least 4 weeks between the doses.
  • Age 18 years and over:
    Persons born in 1957 or later: Two doses of the vaccine, with an interval of at least 4 weeks between the doses.
    Whoever was born before 1957 can be regarded as immunized.
The vaccines can be received at overseas travelers’ clinics.