Seasonal influenza is a respiratory tract infection that may cause severe complications that may lead to inpatient care. The flu vaccine is the best protection against influenza. If you take the vaccine, you can also protect the people close to you.
The free-of-charge seasonal flu vaccine is especially recommended for those belonging to the risk groups and their circle of acquaintances.
When you are taking the flu vaccine, you can, if you wish, at the same time take the pneumococcal vaccine, which is subject to a charge. In order to take the pneumococcal vaccine, you need a doctor's prescription, which you can request at your own health center. If the doctor prescribes the pneumococcal vaccine for you, fetch it from a pharmacy and take it with you when coming to the flu vaccination.
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Who should take the flu vaccine?
Who should take the pneumococcal vaccine?
Online appointment instructions
Vaccinations at health centers
Separate flu vaccinations will no longer be given in spring 2020; when required, health centers’ vaccination appointments will provide them.
Vaccinations at Maternity and Child Welfare Clinics
Maternity and child welfare clinics vaccinate children ages 6 months - 6 years, pregnant women, and family members of the above.
You can still get flu vaccinations at counseling bureaus either in connection with appointments or at open counseling bureaus.
Vaccinations for schoolchildren and students
Children in basic school belonging to the medical risk groups will be vaccinated by your own health center.
In addition to social and health care students, Student Health Care will vaccinate students belonging to the medical risk groups as well as students whose relatives and friends are predisposed to severe influenza.
You can make a vaccination appointment online or by contacting the student health nurse.
Student Health Care also vaccinates those who are starting their military service and who study in high schools, vocational institutions or universities of applied sciences.
Who should take the flu vaccine?
The free-of-charge seasonal flu vaccine is especially recommended for those belonging to the risk groups and their circle of acquaintances. The free-of-charge flu vaccine is given to:
people 65 and older
children ages 6 months - 6 yerars
those belonging to the risk groups due to their illness
close relatives and friends of people susceptible to severe influenza
those starting their military service
health care and social welfare employees with customer contacts as well as medical treatment employees
The chronically ill, the elderly and under-6-month-old children will gain additional protection, if their relatives and friends are vaccinated. If you are pregnant, protect your unborn child by ensuring that those belonging to your circle of acquaintances are vaccinated.
Influenza may cause severe complications. Seasonal flu viruses are constantly changing, which is why last year’s seasonal flu vaccine will not protect you against the coming seasonal flu.
Who should take a pneumococcal vaccine?
Over-50-year-olds or people who, due to their illness, belong to the risk groups, have an intensified risk of contracting a severe pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcus may cause, for instance, pneumonia, meningitis and blood poisoning. Adult Finns suffer from at least 30 000 cases of pneumococcal infections per year.
Severe diseases can be prevented by vaccination. Besides taking the vaccine, you can prevent yourself against pneumococcal diseases by quitting smoking, avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol, taking the flu vaccine, as well as good hand hygiene and treatment of underlying conditions.
The pneumococcal vaccine is subject to a charge; it costs less than €100 at the pharmacy. In order to take the vaccine, you need a doctor's prescription. The doctor will evaluate whether you need the pneumococcal vaccine. If you have received a pneumococcal vaccine during the past 5 years, you do not need a new vaccine now.
You can make the request for doctor’s evaluation of your need for the vaccine in two ways:
1.You can fill in the form that requests a doctor to evaluate your need for the vaccine. Every health center has those forms as well as a return box where to submit them when filled in.
2.You can call Health counseling in Vantaa on Mon-Fri from 8 to 16, tel. 09 839 50000.
If the doctor prescribes the pneumococcal vaccine for you, fetch it from a pharmacy and take it with you when coming to the flu vaccination.