There are two categories of vaccination in Japan.
One is routine vaccination designated by vaccination law, the other is voluntary vaccination.
Routine:BCG, Polio, DPT(Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus), MR(Measles and Rubella), Japanese Encephalitis
Routine vaccinations are all free of charge.
They are available at the time of group baby checkup at your local health center or free coupons are mailed to your house from city hall. You will have to make an appointment with designated local pediatrics and have shots for free.
JHI can help you understand the mailed coupon and make an arrangement with your local pediatrics. Contact us.
Voluntary:Hib, Streptcoccus Pneumoniae, Influenza, Chickenpox, Mumps, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HPV.
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.
Your local city may pay the partial cost of Hib and Streptcoccus Pneumoniae. Contact us and we will find whether they are covered and what you need to do for the application.
Click the following PDF file for the details of routine and voluntary vaccination. The voluntary vaccination chart has estimated costs per shot. (Note: This file still has information of oral polio. Oral polio vaccines are switched to injectable inactivated polio. The new chart is currently under construction. For more information, please visit Routine and Voluntary Vaccinations in Japan 2012 version ).
Polio: Injectable polio is available widely.
MR: Different to MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), which is widely given in overseas. MR is for measles and rubella. Mumps is a voluntary immunization in Japan available widely at private clinics.
Rotavirus: Available but not common as a voluntary vaccination.
5-in-1 vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib ): Available at private clinics. Not common in Japan.
Meningitis C/AWCY: Available at private clinics. Not routine vaccination in Japan.
Typhoid: Available at private clinics. Not routine vaccination in Japan.
To find private clinics that have vaccinations above, contact us. We will find costs, which varies depending on provider and make appointments on behalf of you.
This is the chart of minimum interval between vaccines.
For your information, Japanese vaccination schedule chart link from National Institute of Infectious Disease.