Rugby World Cup 2019
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Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan: 20th September - 2nd November
Advice summary by Dr. Simon Collins, Travel Health Clinic
(Please note: the prices mentioned below are in addition to our doctor consultation fee).
There are no mandatory vaccines for entry to Japan.
- Tetanus: if it has been more than 10 years since you received a Tetanus-containing vaccine, then it is worth having an update shot done now (we usually give it in the form of a combined Tetanus-Diphtheria-Polio shot). One shot (€30) works immediately, for 10 years.
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella: if you are aged under 40 years and have not definitely had two MMR vaccine shots done when growing up, then it's important to have one more shot done now, pre-travel. In the case of doubt, it is better to do an extra shot (€25) now. A 2nd or precautionary top-up shot works immediately, usually for life.
- Hepatitis A: a low risk, but can be acquired in unlucky cases from food (e.g. sushi). One shot (€45) works immediately and lasts for one year. A follow-up shot will lead to 25 years protection.
- Hepatitis B is a very low risk but can be acquired through sexual transmission. A series of two to three shots (€40/shot) is required pre-travel and takes anything from three to six weeks to work, depending on patient age.
Usually unnecessary vaccines:
- Japanese Encephalitis: a mosquito-transmitted virus. Transmission season = July - October.
Estimated risk of disease acquisition per month of travel: 1:400,000 1. Risk is higher in rural areas.
Vaccine cost: two shots of vaccine (done at least seven days apart) x €110/each = €220. Protection begins 7 - 14 days after the 2nd dose of vaccine has been administered and lasts for one year initially. A booster shot in the future provides 10 years protection. The vaccine is very safe and usually causes no side-effects, so can easily be given if patients are interested in receiving it.
- Tick-Borne Encephalitis: an uncommon, tick-transmitted infection limited to parts of the northern island of Hokkaido. In practice, this vaccine is very rarely required for Japan trips.
Our regular vaccine advice page for Japan can be found here.
There are restrictions on the importation of medicines containing pseudoephedrine (e.g. Sudafed™) into Japan. It is probably simplest to avoid bringing this type of medicine with you. More detailed information is available from the website of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare.
Dr. Simon Collins, 16th August 2019.1 Lindquist L. Recent and historical trends in the epidemiology of Japanese encephalitis and its implication for risk assessment in travelers.J Travel Med 2018; 25:S3-9.