Vaccines advised to ALL Japan visitors

Vaccination
Course
Per Dose

Vaccines advised to SOME Japan visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for Japan

The island nation of Japan, in East Asia, is a country of contrasts. Juxtaposing ancient and modern, Japan is known for its cutting-edge developments in technology, fashion and cuisine - alongside its longstanding cultural rituals and celebrations.

During a visit to Japan, you’ll find ancient Buddhist temples, Shinto Shrines and ruined castles, alongside contemporary artwork and futuristic gadgets. There are a multitude of festivals, traditional and religious celebrations alike, the most important of which is New Year. The largest summer festival in Japan is Obon, which honours ancestral spirits, and people visit the graveyards of their villages.

There’s plenty of natural beauty to discover in Japan. From springtime cherry blossoms to the beaches of Okinawa and the iconic Mount Fuji. Go skiing in the snow-topped peaks of the alps in Honshu, soak in the hot springs at the Onsen Capital, Beppu, or clamber through an incredible primaeval forest up the 2,446 stone steps of the Haguro mountain. Lovers of lights and action should head to the capital Tokyo; this continuously evolving metropolis is populated with neon signs, towering skyscrapers and fabulous cuisine.

If you’re planning a trip to Japan, spring and autumn are said to be the best times to go. In spring, it’s warm, not too rainy, and the famous cherry blossom is in full bloom – an unforgettable sight. Autumn brings equally impressive colour to the trees and temperatures have cooled after a steamy hot summer.

If visiting Japan, you may find yourself wondering ‘do you need vaccinations for Japan?’. Although vaccinations aren’t mandatory for a trip to Japan, it’s always best to consult a travel health expert as vaccines are advised to some visitors to Japan.

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Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British Embassy Tokyo
〒102-8381
No 1 Ichiban-cho
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo
Japan

Contact form:  https://www.clickbook....
Telephone:  (+81) (3) 5211-1100

Vaccine Information for Japan

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Japanese Encephalitis
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

A course of two IXIARO injections over 28 days.

Course
2 doses
Price
£90.00
Disease: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
Price
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).

Additional Health Risks Information for Japan

Japan is considered a very safe country to visit. Crime levels are low, and although theft and personal attacks do occur, there is no obvious targeting of tourists. When in Japan, take the same level of precautions about your safety and the security of your belongings as you would at home.

Medical facilities in Japan are excellent but expensive. You will be expected to pay the full cost of your treatment, and treatment delays can occur while your travel insurance is validated. It’s a good idea to carry copies of your insurance documents with you to avoid any potential difficulties. If you take a prescription medication, carry a sufficient amount for your whole trip – the same medication may not be available in Japan. Tick-borne Encephalitis and Japanese Encephalitis are present in rural areas so consult a travel clinic for vaccines before your trip.

Japan is in a major seismic zone, and earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis are a potential danger at all times. Check the specific advice for your destination about the likelihood of a seismic event, and what you should do if you’re in an affected area. The tropical cyclone season is from June to December, with the South of Japan most affected by typhoons during this time.

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