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?
Vaccinations at health centers
The health centers continue to give the vaccines within their regular hours even after the beginning of the epidemic.
Vaccinations at counseling bureaus
Counseling bureaus vaccinate children ages 6-35 months, pregnant women, and family members of the above.
Vaccinations for schoolchildren and students
Children in basic school belonging to the medical risk groups will be vaccinated by their own school nurse.
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 6-35 months
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 your own health center:
Tikkurila, tel. 09 8392 2202
Länsimäki, tel. 09 8392 2202
Hakunila, tel. 09 8392 2202
Korso, tel. 09 8393 7480
Koivukylä, tel. 09 8393 7480
Myyrmäki, tel. 09 8393 5451
Martinlaakso, tel. 09 8393 5451
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.