Free routine immunization against chicken pox will begin from October 1, 2014.

To find out which hospitals/clinics are offering the vaccine, please call your local hospital/clinic or check their homepage. Since some medical institutions require an appointment, please call in advance.

Eligible age: 1 to 2 years (until the day before the child’s 3rd birthday)

Number of shots needed: Two

Cost: Free

Children who have already had chicken pox or 2 doses of the vaccine are exempt. Those who have had only one dose can still get the second vaccination for free.

In fiscal year 2014 only, children aged 3-4 years, who have not received any dose of the chicken pox vaccine by October 1st, will be given one dose for free as part of the routine immunization schedule.

For more information or inquiries please contact Sapporo Citizen Contact Center (011-222-4894).