It's that time of the year -- flu vaccine season is here.
Although not recommended during the previous season, this year the CDC has indicated that the live-attenuated intranasal vaccine (FluMist) is one of the options for vaccination. The CDC did not, however, express a preference for any specific vaccine, so for reasons of cost and simplicity, we have decided to offer only the inactivated quadrivalent injectable vaccine this season.
Similar to last season, the injectable inactivated vaccine contains two type A and two type B antigens. An "egg-free" vaccine (FluBlok) has also been approved in the U.S., but we have opted not to import this product due to its relatively high cost. Most people with egg allergies can, in fact, receive the standard vaccine. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have a severe allergy to eggs.
The influenza vaccine is typically available beginning October 1st of each year. Vaccination is recommended prior to the onset of influenza season, which is typically late December in Japan, although getting vaccinated later may still be protective. Most adults and children need only one dose per season, while those under 9 years of age receiving the vaccine for their first time should consider getting two doses, four weeks apart. Japanese health authorities recommend two doses every season for those under 13 years of age and one dose for those 13 and older.
Further information is available in our "Influenza Q & A".
The standard inactivated injectable vaccine fee is ¥3,500.
Residents of Setagaya Ward who are aged 1 to 15 years or over 65 years may be eligible for a discounted fee for the inactivated vaccine.
If the visit is only for vaccination, there are no other fees.
We recommend calling ahead to confirm vaccine availability and to arrange an appointment for vaccination.
The pre-vaccination forms can be downloaded and completed prior to your visit if you wish:
We also recommend reading the "Vaccine Information Sheets" (VIS) from the CDC in the U.S. prior to vaccination:
In addition to our regular clinic hours, influenza vaccinations will also be offered outside these hours to minimize contact between healthy vaccinees and ill patients. Please note that these times are for vaccination only and that other healthcare services and consultations will not be offered. Appointments for these hours can only be made by calling the clinic (03-5432-7177) and not via the website.
Tue / Wed / Fri 14:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 18:30
Sat 08:30 - 09:00 & 13:45 - 14:30