Vaccinations for Travelers

Make sure you have all recommended vaccinations at least two months before traveling abroad. Also, remember to prepare for other health issues you may encounter on your trip.

Get basic vaccinations at your own health center

You can get basic vaccinations at the health centers' vaccination clinics. These clinics are free of charge.

Health centers provide the following vaccinations which are needed when traveling in Europe and the most common long distance destinations.

Tetanus and Diphtheria (dT)

  • Booster is recommended every 10 years.

Polio

  • Booster is recommended every 5 years when traveling into countries with infection risk.

MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)

  • This vaccination is recommended, if you have not been vaccinated against these diseases or been exposed to them before and thereby gained immunity to them.

Hepatitis A and B

  • Hepatitis A is a virus which is transmitted through food or drinking water. The vaccination is recommended for travelers to countries where hepatitis A is common (Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle and South America).
  • Hepatitis B is transmitted through unprotected sex and contact with blood. The vaccination is recommended if
    • you have a risk at getting the infection through sex, piercings, tattoos, drug injection, or contact sports
    • you are likely to get hospital treatment abroad (e.g. you have a medical condition that often requires hospital treatment)
    • you travel often
    • you spend long periods of time at areas with infection risk.

For the hepatitis vaccines, you need a doctor's prescription, which you can get by calling your own health center. When you have the prescription, you can buy the vaccines from a pharmacy and get vaccinated at your own health center by a nurse or a public health nurse.

Get special vaccinations at travel vaccination clinics

Tikkurila health center (Kielotie 11 A)

  • 3rd floor
  • Tue at 14:00–15:00 and Thurs at 8:00–9:00

Myyrmäki health center (Jönsaksentie 4)

  • 2nd floor, waiting area 1
  • Tue at 8:00–9:00

Special vaccinations for travelers are given at the travel vaccination clinics at Tikkurila and Myyrmäki Health Centers. The travel vaccination clinics are open for Vantaa residents. Over-18-year-olds will be charged for a normal health center fee.

The clinics provide, for instance, vaccinations for yellow fever and prescriptions for antimalarial medication. At the clinic, you can also go over your personal vaccination plan. Special travel vaccines are chargeable and you can buy them from a pharmacy, after you have received the prescription.

If you need a special vaccination, proceed as follows:

  1. Call the communicable diseases nurse during the phone hours on Mon, Wed, Fri at 9:00–11:00, tel. 09 8392 3120, and get the prescription for the special vaccine you need (e.g. yellow fever vaccine).
  2. Buy the vaccine at a pharmacy.
  3. Take the vaccine with you to the travel vaccination clinic. You don’t need to make an appointment, just take a queue number and wait for your turn.