“Last Call” Flu Vaccination ~ It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate

Still haven’t gotten a flu shot? Think it’s too late in the season? While this year’s vaccine is not a perfect match for this year’s virus, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness. If you have not received the flu vaccine this season, remember, it’s not too late to vaccinate!

Tdap Vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) ~ What You Need to Know


Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis can be very serious diseases, even for adolescents and adults. Tdap vaccine can protect us from these diseases.

TETANUS (Lockjaw) causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness. Tetanus kills about 1 out of 5 people who are infected. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds. Therefore, it is especially important after a severe cut or burn.

DIPHTHERIA can cause a thick coating to form in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure.

PERTUSSIS (Whooping Cough) causes severe coughing spells, which can cause difficulty breathing. Infants are most at risk for severe, life-threatening complications from pertussis. Anyone having close contact with babies should be vaccinated.

Preventing Seasonal Flu with Vaccination

Remember to Take 3 actions to fight flu this season. 1. Get a Vaccine in shot or mist form. 2. Wash your hands. 3. Take antivirals if prescribed by your doctor if you get the flu.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

Preparation for 2014-2015 Influenza Season

In preparation for the upcoming 2014-2015 Flu Season, we will start influenza vaccinations from October 1st, 2014. Please contact our office at 03-6441-0969 for an appointment. Special arrangements can be made for 10 or more needing vaccinations. During this period, some of our preventative services will be held out of the clinic. As a result, we may be closed during regular hours. We ask for your kind understanding and cooperation on this matter.

More information on the 2014-2015 flu season can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2014-2015.htm

INR (International Normalized Ratio Blood Test) in Tokyo!

Need your INR* checked in Tokyo? Easily done in a few minutes right from within our clinic. Blood is collected with a finger stick and not by a venous blood draw.



An appointment is required in advance at 03-6441-0969.

*The INR (international normalized ratio test) is used to measure the amount of time it takes for blood to clot. By checking this, your regular physician can make accurate adjustments to your medicine.

Maximizing Protection From Mosquitoes

To optimize protection against mosquitoes and reduce the risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases:
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#1. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and socks. Repellents used on skin can also be applied to clothing. But must be reapplied after laundering. 
#2. Apply lotion, liquid, or spray repellant to exposed skin. Ensure adequate protection during times of day when mosquitoes are most active. Dengue, yellow fever, West Nile, and chikungunya vector mosquitoes bite mainly from dawn to dusk. Malaria and Japanese encephalitis vector mosquitoes bite mainly from dusk to dawn. 
#3. Use common sense. Keep windows closed and use a mosquito net when necessary!
Photo provided courtesy of Charlie Chen