An outbreak of German measles (rubella) in Japan was reported this week by the
Health Ministry, which recommended that Israeli travelers to that country get
vaccinated against measles, mumps and German measles (MMR vaccine) before going
Ninety percent of the 5,000 cases are adults aged 20 to 40. According to
estimates, the outbreak will peak in June.
Pregnant women sick with German
measles are at risk for serious birth defects in their fetuses. A baby aged six
to 11 months needs one dose of vaccine. Children under the age of 17 need two
doses, at least four weeks apart, as do adults born after 1957. Anyone born
before that is considered protected.
Shots are given in clinics for Israelis