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Vaccines for Children

For those with children in Japan, making sense of and keeping track of the various vaccination schedules of the US and Japan can be very difficult. Many US vaccinations are not given in Japan, which can be a hurdle for those wishing to eventually move their children to American schools. Vaccinations are also especially useful for those who have not been exposed to, or do not want to be exposed to, various non-local viruses.

Vaccines are mainly given to children, hence the title of this page, but the vaccines below can be administered to adults or older children if they have not been administered already.

A more adjustable Excel sheet is attached for reader convenience.

Summary of Japanese Vaccinations

Required Vaccinations

  • Diptheria (ジフテリア)
  • Japanese Encephalitis (日本脳炎)
  • Pertussis (百日せき)
  • Pneumonococcal Disease (肺炎球菌)
  • Polio (ポリオ)
  • Measles (麻疹)
  • Rubella (風疹)
  • Tetanus (破傷風)
  • Tuberculosis (結核)


  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (B型インフルエンザ菌)
  • Hepatitis A (A型肝炎)
  • Hepatitis B (B型肝炎)
  • Human Papillomavirus (ヒト乳頭腫ウイルス)
  • Influenza  (インフルエンザ)
  • Meningococcal Disease (髄膜炎菌性疾患)
  • Mumps (おたふく風邪)
  • Rotavirus (ロタウイルス)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) (水痘(水疱瘡)
  • Zoster (Shingles) (帯状疱疹)

Required Vaccinations

Based on first applications using a primarily Japanese schedule.

  • 0 m       Hepatitis B
  • 3 m       Diptheria
  • 3 m       Haemophilus Influenzae Type B
  • 3 m       Pertussis
  • 3 m       Pneumonococcal Disease
  • 3 m       Polio
  • 3 m       Rotavirus
  • 3 m       Tetanus
  • 3 m       Tuberculosis
  • 7 m       Influenza
  • 12 m     Hepatitis A
  • 12 m     Measles
  • 12 m     Mumps
  • 12 m     Rubella
  • 12 m     Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • 12 m      Hepatitis B
  • 3 y         Japanese Encephalitis
  • 12 y       Human Papillomavirus
  • 12 y       Meningococcal Disease
  • 60 y       Zoster (Shingles)