Wednesday, April 17, 2013

[NEWS] Rubella Pandemic

Increasing number of Rubella(風疹 in Japanese)infection reports around Tokyo!There are already 80 infection reports this year in Yokohama. The patients are mostly young men aged 20-50 years old. If a mother is infected, her baby may born with CRS (congenital rubella syndrome), particularly higher risk if she is less than 20 weeks pregnant.

*MR (Measles-Rubella) vaccination is a regular one so it is free of charge for the children of the age above, in designated hospitals in Yokohama. Maternal and Child Health Handbook is required.

The vaccine is available but not for pregnant women. When you are vaccinated, you should avoid getting pregnant for 2 months.
For children, the first dose should be given from 12-24 months, and the second dose from 5-7 years old.

Source (in Japanese):

(31st March, 2013)

Yokohama City starts to provide a financial support to Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination for those who plan to have a baby. The conditions are as follows:

-Older than 19 years old.
-A woman who plans to have a baby.
-The husband of a pregnant woman (not necessarily legally married. The Maternal and Child Health Handbook required to prove that he's the father of the baby)
-Those who have been given MR, Measles(single) or Rubella(single) vaccination(s) before.

The support is available from 22nd April to 30th September 2013.
You will have to pay only 3,000 yen (whereas it costs about 10,000yen).

Please consult your doctor.

Source(in Japanese):

(17th April 2013)

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