The health ministry of Japan is asking people who plan to travel to Brazil to watch World Cup soccer games in June to get vaccinated against yellow fever.
A Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry official said only about 10 people in Japan have done so for the World Cup. The official warned that because the vaccination is available at only 26 facilities across Japan, they will be heavily crowded just before the event.
Yellow fever, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, is endemic in Africa and Brazil. Once developed, it causes symptoms such as fever, shivering and headaches. Patients can die of the disease.
Comments: Given the possible shortage later, fans from India should also get the Yellow Fever vaccination done at the earliest, if they plan to visit Brazil for the soccer world cup. The certificate remains valid for 10 years, hence there is no reason to delay it till the last minute when there may be a rush & shortage of the same.