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Rubella in Japan

12 Aug 2019

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases reports continued circulation of rubella in Japan. As of 28 July 2019 there were 2039 cases of rubella reported since the beginning of 2019.

Advice for Travellers

Rubella infection has serious consequences for the unborn child if acquired by a woman during pregnancy. Pregnant women should ensure they are rubella immune prior to travel.

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.