If you’ve been to Japan or are planning to go, your physician may recommend boosters or vaccines. While Japan is generally safe to travel if you’re up-to-date on everything, it’s always good to check CDC recommendations no matter the country.
What we need is different for each person and travel itinerary. However, the ones listed below are what I needed for an approximate 90-day trip. Note that you should able to pull up your records within minutes through your state’s health department.
Vaccines I got:
- Hep A
- Japanese Encephalitis
If you were born before 2000, you may have only got one dose of the vaccine. You should consult your doctor about this as they now recommend two doses. I opted to protect myself and community by receiving the second shot.
It’s standard to just stay up to date on this. It’s generally good for 10 years.
You can get this in any country. For some reason I’d had the Hep B vaccine but not Hep A. Took care of that!
Japanese Encephalitis vaccine
This may be the most important vaccine for anyone’s trip. If you’re going to Japan longer than a month, will be outdoors, and especially where mosquitoes can feast on you, you’ll want to consider this vaccine. Remember to always consult with a doctor. This is a two dose vaccine, 28 days apart with the last one at least 1 week from your leave date. Oddly enough, it will also help protect you in the US where we see some cases a year. Personally, I’d rather be safe than sorry. This is especially true for me where I’ll be outside taking photos in God knows what conditions!
For the complete vaccination listing, you can visit the CDC for Japan here.
Please keep in mind this post is not to debate the nessity of vaccines. There is no debate. Herd immunity to protect those who can’t get vaccinated is a must.
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