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Measles in Japan


You may have seen the news that the measles virus has been spreading around Universities in Tokyo. In Japan, children are vaccinated against measles, but teenagers were not given a booster injection to prevent infection with the measles virus as an adult. This has lead to the latest spread of measles among students at Universities in Tokyo.

The measles virus has similar symptoms to the flu, including high fever, coughing, runny nose, followed by a red rash that spreads over the body. These symptoms do not develop until 10 days after infection, so if you start feeling sick and a red rash develops, go immediately to the hospital to have an examination. The Measles is very serious in children and especially serious in adults, and can lead to pneumonia or death, so it is important that you go to see a doctor if you have these symptoms.

If you (or your children) weren’t vaccinated in your country, or you can’t remember, please go to see a doctor to have a check-up. The doctor will do a blood test to check for antibodies, which will indicate if you have been vaccinated or not. The doctor will give you a vaccination if required.

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