2016-2017 Influenza Vaccine Strains released

WHO organizes an advisory group of experts to analyze influenza virus surveillance data generated by the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS), and issues recommendations on the composition of the influenza vaccines for the following influenza season. The following strains have been released so vaccine manufacturing will start according to these recommendations.

  • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus

We expect to have vaccines available by October 2016.

Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a leading cause of respiratory infections, including “walking pneumonia.” There has been an outbreak in Tokyo and a large number of patients have been observed this season. This outbreak can continue and can also be recurrent. Common symptoms are, cough, throat pain, nasal discharge, ear pain and breathing difficulty. Diagnostic testing (rapid immunochromatographic antigen test) is not routinely performed so many patients can go unrecognized for long periods of time. Commonly used antibiotics may not be effective. Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections can be difficult to diagnose and treat, so be sure to discuss treatment strategies with your physician.

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Mosquito Bite Prevention

Mosquitoes spread many types of viruses and parasites like Japanese encephalitis, chikungunya, dengue, Zika, and malaria. If you are traveling to an area where mosquitoes are active, be sure to protect yourself and your family from the most deadliest creature on the planet. It has been estimated that mosquitos transmit diseases to almost 700 million people annually resulting in 2 to 3 million deaths every year. The following travel tips from CDC can save your life. A must read before you travel!


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Open 5 Days a Week – Now open on TUESDAYS

Starting April 2016, the American Clinic Tokyo will be open 5 days a week. General Medicine (Dr. Grant Mikasa) will be available Monday thru Friday. Psychiatry (Dr. Andrew Kissane www.tokyomentalhealth.com) will be available every Thursday. “Emotionally Calming Breathing Exercises” (Dr. Lena Akai) will be every Thursday. We ask for your kind cooperation to place an appointment in advance as we are an appointment based clinic. Our medical team is excited to be able to present these new services to you.

For appointments, please call 03-6441-0969 or email us at info@ with your name, date of birth, contact number (or email address), and reason for visit. Ask for “Toshi” (business manager) if you need directions, clarification of fees or have a special request.


Signs of the Flu

We need to catch it early to treat effectively.  Early antiviral treatment is known to shorten the duration of symptoms. It also reduces the risk for complications including otitis media, pneumonia and hospitalizations. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, try reaching us as soon as possible. Please notify the receptionist that you may have the flu.



Flu activity in Tokyo 2016

Flu activity is increasing in Tokyo. Please stay warm and avoid unnecessary contact. Wash your hands and get checked early when you experience Flu-like symptoms.

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American Clinic Tokyo to add mental health services early in the New Year

The American Clinic Tokyo is looking forward to starting the new year by introducing a range of new mental health services in partnership with Tokyo Mental Health. For inquiries regarding counseling and psychotherapy for depression, anxiety, stress, OCD, PTSD or other mental health related issues, please contact us or Tokyo Mental Health directly via their website www.tokyomentalhealth.com
Wishing you a very happy New Year!

Celebrating 100,000 visitors viewing our homepage since October 2013

Thank you for your support and interest in our clinic. We have reached 100,000 visitors viewing our homepage today (October 9th, 2013-December 13th, 2015). On average, 125  viewers have been visiting us daily. We truly value your kind support on this matter.

In 2016, we will be extending our services into the field of Psychiatry. The details of service will be released on this homepage as soon as possible.

We look forward to serving you even better in 2016. Happy Holidays

ATTN Healthcare workers: Opportunities to work and study with us may become available so please check our “Reasons to choose ACT” section.


Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States and Japan every year, usually between October and May. The flu is an infection that can cause fever, cough, body aches, and other symptoms. The flu vaccine is a preventative treatment that can keep you from getting sick with the flu. The flu vaccine can also make flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people.

The flu vaccine comes in different forms, including: A shot that goes in the arm or a nasal spray. Our clinic will be offering both this year. The domestic Japanese flu vaccine (injection) will cost 3600 yen. FLUMIST (nasal spray) imported from the United States will cost 10000 yen. Supplies are limited so please place your appointments as soon as possible.


A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus

A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus

B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus. (B/Yamagata lineage virus)

B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus. (B/Victoria lineage virus)


A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus

A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus

B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus. (B/Yamagata lineage virus)

B/Texas/2/2013-like virus. (B/Victoria lineage virus)

WHO organizes consultations with an advisory group of experts to analyse influenza virus surveillance data generated by the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS), and issues recommendations on the composition of the influenza vaccines for the following influenza season. Both countries follow this recommendation but some variations exist. Variations on the vaccines are listed above.

More information on the influenza vaccine can be found at the following link: