Influenza vaccinations

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.

On this page:
Vaccination times
Who should take the flu vaccine?
Who should take the pneumococcal vaccine?
Online appointment instructions

Vaccination times

Vaccinations at health centers

Vaccinations on two Saturdays, October 20 and 27, 2018, at Koivukylä, Myyrmäki and Tikkurila health centers

  • from 14:30 to 15:00
  • you can come to the health center without appointment or you can make an advance online appointment at: www.vantaa.fi/ajanvaraus
  • we recommend that you primarily go to the above-mentioned appointments

Vaccinations at Vantaa health centers, October 22 - November 2, 2018 (NOT Koivukylä health center)

  • Mon-Fri: 8:00–11:00, no appointment required
  • Mon-Thurs: 12:00–15:30, make an advance online appointment at www.vantaa.fi/ajanvaraus

Vaccinations at Tikkurila and Myyrmäki health centers, November 5 - 9, 2018

Vaccinations at Tikkurila health center 12.-16.11.2018

  • 3rd floor, room 99
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00-11:00 make an advance online appointment at: www.vantaa.fi/ajanvaraus
  • Mon-Thurs: 12.00-15.30 no appointment required

Vaccinations at Martinlaakso health center 12.-16.11.2018

  • 6th floor
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00-11:00 no appointment required
  • Mon-Trhus: 12.00-15.30 make an advance online appointment at: www.vantaa.fi/ajanvaraus

Vaccinations at Tikkurila Asema Apteekki's Terveyspiste, at a nurse’s appointment, November 5-17, 2018

  • no appointment required
  • Mon-Tue: 13:00–16:00, Wed: 14:00–17:00, Thurs-Fri: 9:00–12:00
  • Sat, Nov. 17, 2018: 9:00–15:00

Vaccinations at Maternity and Child Welfare Clinics

Maternity and child welfare clinics will vaccinate children ages 6 months - 6 years, pregnant women, and family members of the above.

Oct. 22-26, 2018 (week 43), no appointment required

  • all Maternity and child welfare clinics, Mon-Fri: 7:30-10:00
  • in addition, Myyrmäki, Kivistö, Kartanonkoski, Tikkurila, Koivukylä, Korso and Hakunila Maternity and child welfare clinics on Tuesday, Oct. 23; Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Oct. 25: 15:00-18:00, no appointment required

Nov. 26-30, 2018 (week 48), no appointment required

  • all Maternity and child welfare clinics on Tue, Nov. 27 and Thurs, Nov. 29: 7:30-10:00
  • in addition, Myyrmäki, Kivistö, Kartanonkoski, Tikkurila, Koivukylä, Korso and Hakunila Maternity and child welfare clinics on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Thursday Nov. 29: 15:00-18:00
  • flu vaccinations will also be given during open-door visits to Maternity and child welfare clinics

In January 2019 (week 2) at the following Maternity and child welfare clinics, at 7:30-10:00, no appointment required

  • Kartanonkoski and Korso Maternity and child welfare clinics, Tue, Jan. 8
  • Myyrmäki and Hakunila Maternity and child welfare clinics, Wed, Jan. 9
  • Tikkurila, Martinlaakso and Mikkola Maternity and child welfare clinics, Wed, Jan. 9
  • Kivistö Maternity and child welfare clinic, Thurs, Jan. 10
  • Koivukylä, Rajakylä and Pähkinärinne Maternity and child welfare clinics, Fri, Jan. 11

Asema Apteekki’s vaccination campaign

Vaccinations at Tikkurila Asema Apteekki's Terveyspiste, at a nurse’s appointment, November 5-17, 2018

  • no appointment required
  • Mon-Tue: 13:00–16:00, Wed: 14:00–17:00, and Thurs-Fri: 9:00–12:00
  • Sat, Nov. 17, 2018: 9:00–15:00

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
  • pregnant women
  • 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 10023.

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.

Online appointment instructions

When you log in the service "Siirry sähköiseen asiointiin", you need to verify your identity with your bank identifiers, mobile certificate or certificate card.

On the appointment site:

  1. Click ”Varaa aika” (make an appointment)
  2. Choose under the ”Asiakkuus” (customership) field ”Kaikille avoimet ajanvaraukset” (appointments available to everybody)
  3. Choose under the ”Palvelu” (service) field ”Influenssarokotus” (flu vaccine)
  4. Choose under the ”Toimipiste” (office) field the health center with which you want to make the appointment. You can also choose a health center other than your own.
    Note! The flu vaccines are listed under the "Terveysasemat" (health centers), NOT under the "Tiimit" (teams).
  5. Click ”Hae ajat” (Find available times)
  6. Choose a time suitable for you
  7. Enter the reason for the appointment in the ”Lisätiedot” (further information) field.
    Note! ”Varaa” (make an appointment) will only activate after filling in this field.
  8. If you wish, you can choose to have a text-message reminder of your appointment. In this case, remember to enter your cell phone number.
  9. Click ”Varaa aika” (make an appointment). Your reservation is now completed.