Inactivated Polio Vaccine available from this month
From September this year, inactivated polio vaccine became widely available at clinics/hospitals in Japan.
Prior to this, only oral polio vaccine was available. However this vaccine is reported to have caused child paralysis as a possible side effect. For this reason, inactivated polio vaccine was considered to be safer, but only available at international or travel clinics.
The Ministry of Health has approved inactivated polio vaccine and also subsidizes the fee for the shots. Your local city hall will mail vaccine coupons which allows you to receive a free shot. For those who have coupons, you should make an appointment with a local pediatric clinic. Please ask us at email@example.com if you need more information on locating a clinic.