Beware of Influenza / Minato Monthly

Minato Voice

Infectious diseases such as influenza and norovirus are prevalent in winter.

Washing your hands and wearing a mask are effective ways of preventing infection.

You should wash your hands carefully with soap when you get home after having been out and before meals. Getting influenza becomes more likely if the air is dry, so keep an eye on room humidity levels and air rooms several times a day.

Influenza vaccinations are also effective. Once you have been vaccinated, it takes 2-4 weeks for the vaccine to take effect.

Having a healthy lifestyle, such as by getting enough rest and having a nutritionally balanced diet, is also important for fighting off illness.

Please stay healthy this winter.

For further information, please contact the Life Hygiene Section at Minato Public Health Center.


Minato City publishes ‘Minato Monthly’, an English newsletter, on the first of each month. It contains information on administrative services and local events, health check notices, and a library events calendar etc.

Minato Monthly is available at Minato City Hall, facilities and main post offices in Minato City, and at some subway stations. It is also delivered along with subscriptions of the Japan Times and International New York Times newspapers, and can be viewed on the Minato City website too.

It is also delivered free of charge to the homes of Minato City residents. If you would like to make use of this service, please apply through the Minato City website.

The subsection in charge at Minato City’s Office of the Mayor is the Public Relations Subsection.


(Audio) 20th/23rd January 2020 ON AIR: Beware of Influenza / Minato Monthly