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People involved with Tokyo Olympics to be encouraged to get measles and rubella vaccinations

JIJI

The government has put together a program to tackle infectious diseases ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, including a plan to encourage those involved in the event to get measles and rubella vaccinations.

Through the plan, Japan hopes to prevent the further spread of measles and rubella.

And in a bid to stop the spread of new viruses, health officials will also step up monitoring at ports of entry, including by measuring the body temperature of those entering the country through thermography.

The United States and other countries have voiced concerns over a rise in the number of people in Japan suffering from rubella or measles.

As men born between April 2, 1962, and April 1, 1979, are said to have a low rubella antibody prevalence rate, all male government workers and others in the target age group who are engaging in 2020 Games-related work requiring interactions with a large number of people will effectively be required to get combined vaccines.

The government will encourage Tokyo Metropolitan Government employees and people from the private sector who are involved in the Summer Games to be vaccinated as well.

In hopes of preventing congenital rubella syndrome among babies, the government will also call on pregnant women with low levels of antibodies to be cautious about going outside and mingling with large groups of people.

The government will not only take the temperatures of people at quarantine stations but also conduct medical interviews and examinations if needed in order to stop the entry of viruses — such as Ebola — that do not exist in Japan.

The government will also conduct tuberculosis screenings before immigration checks.

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