Japan to Offer Free Rubella Vaccinations for Adult Men
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Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japan's health ministry said Tuesday it will offer rubella vaccinations for free in principle for men now aged 39 to 56, many of whom do not have related antibodies, at a time when the infectious disease is spreading in the nation, mainly in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
The nationwide program, to be in place for some three years from the beginning of 2019 to the end of March 2022, will cover men born between April 2, 1962, and April 1, 1979, according to the ministry.
The proportion of men who have rubella antibodies in these ages is lower than for other age brackets, at about 80 pct, as many of them did not have the opportunities to get vaccinations in routine immunizations against the disease.
The ministry aims to raise the figure to at least 85 pct by July 2020, when the Tokyo Olympics open, by making rubella vaccinations available to these men with no out-of-pocket expenses in principle as routine immunizations under the preventive vaccination law.
Men eligible for the program will first undergo antibody tests, which will also be free of charge in principle, and those who test negative will be given rubella vaccinations.
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