Swine Fever Vaccinations In Pigs Begin

Swine fever vaccinations in pigs begin

Hog farms in six prefectures in the Tokai and Hokuriku regions began swine fever vaccination on Friday, the first in 13 years.

Japan's agriculture ministry had been reluctant to start the vaccinations because of their possible effect on distribution and exports.

Japan To Start Vaccinations Against Swine Fever

Japan to start vaccinations against swine fever

Japan's farm minister says his ministry plans to proceed with plans to vaccinate pigs to prevent the spread of swine fever and will take necessary measures to start the process.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Taku Eto spoke to reporters on Friday after a meeting of farm ministry officials to discuss measures against the outbreak.

Free Rubella Vaccinations For Middle-aged Men

Free rubella vaccinations for middle-aged men

Japan's health ministry has decided to give vaccinations for rubella, or German measles, free of charge to middle-aged men.

Ministry officials say more than 2,400 people have been infected with rubella this year in Japan. The figure is the most since a large outbreak in 2013.