Vaccine for Child

Types and schedules for regular immunization are different in Japan and Thailand. It may differ due to the birth countries and the time you travel to Thailand. As for that the schedule of regular vaccination for children may vary depending on the specific circumstances of each individual.
However, generally speaking, it can be divided into two main differences.「born in Japan and afterwards travelled to Thailand」 or 「born in Thailand and grew up in Thailand」. Although it is a general thesis, the following will be describing the difference of the schedule in vaccination between Japan and Thailand.

Difference of the vaccine types among Japan and Thailand

In Japan,Tuberculosis, Polio, Rubella, Measles,Japanese encephalitis vaccines are mainly being inoculated.The case is almost the same in Thailand. But the difference is that in Thailand Hepatitis B is included in the regular vaccination in Thailand but Pneumococcal infection is not included.
DYM International Clinic is based on the contents of regular vaccination in Japan, but we can offer Haemophilus influenzae type B,
Pneumococcal infections, Chicken pox, Hepatitis A, Rotavirus, Cervical cancer vaccines as well if you wish.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan recommends the same vaccines as the Japanese regulation and optional vaccines such as Chicken pox, Hepatitis A, B for children, and for adults, Hepatitis A, B, Tetanus, Rabies, Japanese encephalitis are recommended.

○Vaccines that are being inoculated in Japan but not in Thailand

・Pneumococcal infections Vaccine

※As for HPV Vaccine(Cervical cancer Vaccine), according to the anouncement of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in June 14th of 2013, it has been temporarily stopped being inoculated.

○Vaccines that are being inoculated in Thailand but not in Japan

Hepatitis B

the difference in the vaccine schedule between Japan and Thailand

Schedule for children in Japan (example)

Immunization schedule
Tuberculosis ①: 5 months to 8 months after birth
Haemophilus influenzae type b ①: 2 months
②: 3 months
③: 4 months
④: 12 months to 17 months
Three kinds of mixture (DPT) ①: 3 months
②: 4 months
③: 5 months to 11 months
④: 12 months to 23 months
(⑤: additional vaccination from 2 to 7.5 years old)
Polio ①: 3 months
②: 4 months
③: 5 months to 11 months
Rubella · measles ①: 12 months to 23 months
②: 5 to 6 years
Mumps ①: 12 months to 15 months
②: 5 to 6 years
Japanese encephalitis ①②: 3 years
③: 4 years
④: 9-12 years old
Pneumococcal infection ①: 2 months
②: 3 months
③: 4 months
④: 12 months to 15 months
Varicella (appointment) ①: 12 months to 15 months
②: 18 months to 23 months
Hepatitis A (appointment) twelve months in two to four weeks, third time in six months
Hepatitis B (appointment) ①: 2 months
②: 3 months
③: 7 months to 8 months
Rotavirus (appointment) ①: 2 months
②: 3 months
③: 4 months

※encircled number(①、② etc.)means the times of vaccination.
※(appointment)…It is optional inoculation.
※(DPT)…a compound vaccination of Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus

Schedule for children in Thailand (example)

Immunization schedule
Tuberculosis ①: birth ※ 2
Haemophilus influenza type b ①: 2 months
②: 4 months
③: 6 months
④: 18 months
Three kinds of mixture (DPT) ①: 2 months
②: 4 months
③: 6 months
④: 18 months
Tdap: 4 years
Tdap: 10 – 16 years * 3
Polio ①: 2 months
②: 4 months
③: 6 months
④: 18 months
⑤: 4 – 6 years
Rubella · measles · mumps ①: 9 months to 17 months
②: 2 to 4 years
Mumps ①: 12 months to 15 months
②: 5 to 6 years
Japanese Encephalitis Inoculated twice at 3 to 12 month intervals from 13 months of age (1year 1 month)
Pneumococcal infection ①: 2 months
②: 4 months
③: 6 months
④: 12 months to 18 months
Varicella(appointment) ①: 12 months
②: 4 to 6 years
Hepatitis A(appointment) 13 months to 6 to 12 monthly intervals
Hepatitis B(appointment) ①: birth ※ 2
②: 1 month to 3 months
③: 6 months
Rotavirus(appointment) ①: 2 months
②: 4 months
③: 6 months
HPV vaccine 10 – 16 years * 4
Influenza Once a year from 6 months after birth

※encircled number(①、② etc.)means the times of vaccination.
※(appointment)…It is optional inoculation.
※(DPT)…a compound vaccination of Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus
※2…Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B vaccine is generally being inoculated at birth or not less than 3 days after birth in Thailand.
※3…Being inoculated every 10 years afterwards.
※4…3 times of inoculation every 1~6 months.

The timetable above is the general schedule. As mentioned above, the difference may depend on children who 「born in Thailand and grew up in Thailand」 and 「born in Japan and afterwards travelled to Thailand」, besides, it may differ in individual as well. Please consult us about the schedule.

Points that you should pay attention to if you have vaccination in Thailand
To find a reliable doctor

The most important thing is to find a reliable doctor. In Thailnd, a doctor has to recieve at least 3 years of training or intership after acquiring doctor’s lecense, if not, they won’t be eligible as a pediatrician. In that point, the Thai pediatricians have more medical knowledge, are much more experieced than the Japanese general doctors those who deal with children’s illness.

But there is one thing that you have to pay attention to is that, “there are doctors who are familiar with the vaccination in Thailand but with few knowledge of that in Japan”. Especially children who were born in Japan, and came to Thailland afterwards. Most of the children have already had vaccinations inoculated in Japan. In that case, it will be diffult for the doctor to set up a vaccination schedule since they have no knowledge of Japanese vaccination.

In our clinic, all of the pediatricians study the Japanese vaccination schedule, so there is no need worry since they are prepared to handle all kinds of circumstances.

We will take notes of when would be the next time for your next vaccine.

In Thailand, they don’t tend to have a scheduled gathering for vaccinations like they do in Japan. It’s necessary to decide the schedule after a thorough consulation between the parents and doctors. As there is not a general schedule , we have to decide the schedule correctly. Please keep your reservation form to your MCH Handbook (Boshitecho) in order not to lose it.