The Ministry of Health advises persons traveling overseas, including to Japan and Poland, to be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), in accordance with Ministry of Health recommendations
An outbreak of rubella (German measles) has recently been reported in Poland. Approximately 26,000 patients have been reported from the beginning of this year until now, 10 times more than the average rubella morbidity on the country.
Additionally, rubella morbidity is continuing in Japan. Thus far, 8,500 patients have been reported, a significant increase as compared to the average incidence in the country.
According to estimates, morbidity is expected to continue to rise in both countries.
Pregnant women who are ill with rubella during pregnancy are at increased risk for giving birth to a baby with congenital defects (which could be severe).
Below are the Ministry of Health’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.