General illnesses

Norovirus and Influenza warning


Influenza and the norovirus are going around. Please do your best to take preventative measures and go and see a doctor if you have any symptoms. Information on norovirus: (English) adapted from: Information on living in Sapporo for foreign residents  […] [Read More]

The Hib Vaccine and Hib Infection

What is the Hib vaccine? It prevents diseases caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) bacteria. Infection with the Hib bacteria may cause potentially fatal bacterial meningitis or severe epiglottitis. The Hib vaccine is already included in routine immunization schedules in more than 100 countr[…] [Read More]

Seasonal Influenza

What is influenza? Influenza starts with a feeling of being really sick all over, mainly infects the respiratory organs, is highly contagious and prevalent in winter. There are 3 types of influenza A ,B and C. Recently, most seasonal outbreaks are caused by two of the following three subtypes: influ[…] [Read More]

Rotavirus-the winter sickness and diarrhea bug

The rotavirus is a very contagious virus that can result in severe sickness and diarrhea in infants and toddlers. Gastroenteritis caused by the Rotavirus Almost all children aged between 6 months and 2 years of age will experience gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines) due to i[…] [Read More]

Streptococcal Infection ( Sore throat with/without Scarlet Fever )

What is strep throat? Virtually all bacterial sore throats are caused by streptococcal bacteria (more commonly known as “strep”). The incubation period is between 2-5 days. The main symptom is a sore throat, but other symptoms may include a fever, headache, stomachache and vomiting. The tongue may b[…] [Read More]

RS virus

What is the RS virus? The RS virus is a predominantly winter virus that infects the respiratory tract, particularly the bronchial tubes and lungs. It is so contagious that almost all children will have been infected by the age of 2 years. Immunity against the RS virus is strengthened by repetitive i[…] [Read More]


What is croup ? Croup is caused by a swelling in the larynx (voice box). Viral infections such as parainfluenza, RS and influenza viruses are the main causes. Symptoms include hoarseness due to swelling around the vocal cords and a harsh barking cough that sounds similar to a dog or seal. As the dis[…] [Read More]

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We introduce General Illness informations from several hospital, clinic etc.. Please download ones useful for you: = For Children = Rotavirus-the winter sickness and diarrhea bug Rota Virus Information.pdf Strep throat (Sore throat with/without Scarlet Fever) Strep throat Information.pdf The RS viru[…] [Read More]