There are two categories of vaccination in Japan.
One is routine vaccination designated by vaccination law, the other is voluntary vaccination.
Routine: BCG, PCV(Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine), DTP-IPV(Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis and injectable polio)*, MR(Measles and Rubella), Japanese Encephalitis, Chickenpox, Hib, HPV.
Routine vaccinations are all free of charge if you have coupons provided from municipal health centers.
Shots are available at the time of group baby checkup at your local health center or local pediatric clinics/hospitals.
The free coupons are mailed to your house from the local municipal health center. You will have to make an appointment with designated local pediatrics to have shots.
JHI can help you understand the mailed coupon and make an arrangement with your local pediatrics. Contact us.
*Your coupons or invitations from municipal office may say DTP vaccine but DTaP vaccine is actually given under the title of DTP (or sometimes titled as DPT)
Hib, PCV and HPV are added to routine vaccination from April 2013. PCV used to be 7 values but switched to 13 values after November 2013.
HPV vaccine is currently suspended its recommendation due to its questioned side effects (as of June 2013)
|Name||Starting age||Required numbers and intervals||Boosters||Others|
|2-7 months||3 times, 4-8 weeks apart||1 year after the first shot.|
|2-7 months||3 times, more than 27 days apart.||Between 12-15 months.||Should complete the 3rd shot before 12 months.|
|3-12 months||3 times, 3-8 weeks apart||6 months after the first shot.||DT is given at 11 years old. 1 shot only.|
|12-24 months||1 shot only||N/A||Second MR is given between 5-7 years old.
1 shot only
|BCG||Should be completed before 1 year old||1 shot only||N/A||Stamp form of injection is used in Japan.|
| Japanese Encephalitis|
|6-90 months||2 shots, 1-4 weeks apart||1 year after the shot, 1 shot only.||Second JE is given at 9-13 years old, 1 shot only.|
Voluntary: Seasonal Influenza, Mumps, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rotavirus.
Voluntary vaccination is not free and costs vary depending on the shot.
You will need to contact pediatrics or private clinics to have these shots.
Contact us and we will help you locate the clinics that have voluntary vaccinations
This is the chart of minimum interval between vaccines.
For your information, Japanese vaccination schedule chart link from National Institute of Infectious Disease.