Childhood Vaccinations in Tokyo

By Elisabeth Lambert
September 5, 2013
Families

This article is not about whether to immunize your kids or not—that is another subject altogether. This article provides information on the vaccination schedules available in Japan for those who do wish to immunize their children.

Boy and vaccine syringe

When it comes to childhood immunization, programs tend to differ from country to country. Differences include the spacing of vaccinations, types of inoculations that are administered, and what is considered a standard immunization for that region or country, and what is not. So, what does the Japanese childhood immunization schedule look like?

To see what the Japanese immunization schedule offers, current as of November 2012, please click here. You will see the PDF is divided into two categories, routine and voluntary vaccinations. Routine vaccinations are free of charge, covered by National Health Insurance (NHI), whereas voluntary shots are not. The routine vaccinations are available during scheduled group baby checkups at your local health center. Otherwise your local ward office will mail coupons to your house, in order for you to make an appointment with a designated local pediatrician. You can organize for another doctor, outside of the nominated bunch, to give the shots, however there may be a charge.

But what if you want your children to follow the vaccination program of a different country?

Below is a list of medical centers that, between them, can provide for the Australian, U.S., U.K., Canadian, French, German, and other European immunization programs. When you make an appointment, let them know which schedule you want to abide by.

Sticking to these vaccination programs can be costly, as the NHI does not cover most of these inoculations. For example, if following the Australian immunization schedule, for an infant to receive their relevant injections at two months old, it can cost around ¥60,000. If you have other insurance on top of the NHI, then this may help to cover some costs.

 

Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic, situated near Tokyo Tower.

Address: 2F, 32 Shiba Koen Building, 3-4-30 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-3436-3028

 

Primary Care Tokyo, located in Shimokitazawa—the website provides a price list so you can get an idea of the cost.

Address: 3F Urbanity Shimokitazawa, 2-1-16 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-5432-7177

 

International Clinic, based between Roppongi and Azabujuban.

Address: 1-5-9 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-3582-2646

 

Akasaka-Seiguchi International Clinic, located in Akasaka.

Address: 406 OAG-Haus (German Cultural Center), 7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-3584-1727

 

What have you decided to do about your child’s vaccinations? If you have decided to follow another country’s immunization program, what are your reasons for doing so?