Flu vaccinations begin: protect yourself and your relatives against influenza

The seasonal flu is a respiratory tract infection, more severe than an ordinary cold, and it may cause severe complications. The flu vaccine is the best protection against influenza. If you take the vaccine, you can also protect the people close to you.

Vaccinations at health centers

We recommend that you primarily go to health centers’ vaccinations on Saturdays at 9-15:

  • Nov. 23, 2019: Koivukylä, Myyrmäki and Tikkurila health centers
  • Nov. 30, 2019: Koivukylä, Myyrmäki and Tikkurila health centers
  • Dec. 14, 2019: Myyrmäki and Tikkurila health centers

You can go to any of the above-mentioned health centers for vaccination.

You do not have to make an advance appointment, but come to queue on the spot, or you can make an advance appointment:

  • by calling health centers’ phone service, tel. 09 839 50 000.

Customers of Koivukylä, Myyrmäki and Tikkurila health centers can make an advance appointment for Saturday vaccinations at their own health center also through the online transacting service Maisa. We ask other customers to make an appointment for Saturday vaccinations by calling health centers’ phone service, tel. 09 839 50 000, or by visiting their own health center.

From November 11 to November 29, 2019, all Vantaa health centers will give the vaccinations on weekdays.
In this case, you must make an advance appointment:

  • by online appointment through Maisa or Maisa’s mobile app
  • by calling health centers’ phone service, tel. 09 839 50 000.

Tikkurilan Asema Apteekki’s Terveyspiste gives flu vaccinations by a nurse’s appointment as of Nov. 18, 2019 (www.asemaapteekki.fi). Note: Appointments are fully booked.

Flu vaccination appointments are free of charge. Asema Apteekki charges a fee of €15 for pneumococcal vaccine, whereas it is free of charge at health centers.

See detailed vaccination schedule and instructions at: vantaa.fi/influenza.

Vaccinations at counseling bureaus

Myyrmäki, Martinlaakso, Kartanonkoski, Tikkurila, Koivukylä, Korso and Hakunila counseling bureaus will vaccinate children ages 6 months - 6 years, pregnant women, and family members of the above.

Counseling bureaus give the vaccinations, no advance appointment required:

in the evenings:

  • Nov. 18-22, 2019, Mon-Thurs: at 15-18
  • Dec. 9-13, 2019, Tue-Wed: at 15-18
  • Dec. 16-20, 2019, Tue-Wed: at 15-18
  • as well as in week 3, January 13-17, 2020

at the mornigns:

  • Nov. 18-22, 2019, Mon-Fri at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
  • Dec. 9-13, 2019, Mon-Fri: at 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Also open counseling bureaus (avoneuvola) give the vaccinations. In addition, you can get a vaccination by making an advance online appointment through Maisa service, or by Maisa’s mobile app.

See detailed vaccination schedule and instructions at: vantaa.fi/influenza.

Vaccinations for schoolchildren and students

Students in basic school who belong to medical risk groups will get their vaccination at the health centers during the centers’ vaccination campaigns.

Student health care will vaccinate students belonging to the medical risk groups,inner circles of students who are predisposed to severe influenza, as well as social and health care students involved in patient and customer care.

Student Health Care will also vaccinate those who are starting their military service and who study in high schools, vocational institutions or universities of applied sciences.

See instructions online at: vantaa.fi/influenza.

Free-of-charge vaccine recommended to those belonging in risk groups

Influenza can be a serious disease, especially to those belonging in risk groups. People 65 and older, small children, and pregnant women have an intensified risk of contracting severe influenza. The risk group also includes people, regardless of age, whose immunity is diminished due to a disease or its treatment. People in risk groups also face the risk of contracting severe complications.

The flu vaccine is free of charge for people 65 and older; pregnant women; children ages 6 months - 6 years; those beginning their military service; those belonging to the risk groups due to their illness; inner circle of those belonging to and predisposed to severe influenza. The inner circle consists of people living or regularly interacting with a person predisposed to severe influenza. Vaccinations to the inner circle especially aim at those whose inner circle consists a person aged 65 or older, an under-6-month-old child, or a pregnant woman.

The vaccine is the best protection against influenza, and the majority of those who have had it will not contract the disease. If you have taken the seasonal flu vaccination and still catch influenza, your disease will most probably be milder. Seasonal flu viruses are constantly changing, which is why last year’s seasonal flu vaccine will not protect you against the coming seasonal flu. The World Health Organization (WHO) annually specifies the virus strains, and the vaccine will be tailored for each seasonal flu. This year the flu vaccinesin the national vaccination program will protect against four different virus strains.

Simultaneous protection against pneumococcus

When you take the flu vaccine, you can at the same time have the pneumococcal vaccine, subject to a charge, for which you require a prescription.If you have had a pneumococcal vaccine during the past five years, you do not need a booster.

You can relay a request for a doctor to assess your need for a pneumococcal vaccine by calling health centers’ phone service, tel. 09 839 50 000, by sending an online message through Maisa or by visiting the health center. Buy the vaccine at a pharmacy and take it with you to the health center; it will be given at the same time as your flu vaccine. See vaccination times online at: vantaa.fi/influenza.

At its mildest, pneumococcus may cause unpleasant but fairly harmless diseases such as sinusitis and ear infection. Under certain circumstances, however, it may cause severe diseases. The risk to contract severe pneumococcus-related disease increases with age, and the most common pneumococcus-caused disease for adults is pneumonia.

Over-65-year-olds or people who, due to their illness, belong to the risk groups, have an intensified risk of contracting a severe pneumococcal disease such as meningitis and sepsis. Customers of Vantaa Home Care, service houses, and Koisoranta Service Center will be offered the pneumococcal vaccine free of charge.

Read more about the pneumococcal vaccine at: vantaa.fi/influenza.

The flu vaccines of the national vaccination program have been used for decades. Also pneumococcal vaccines have been long in use; several hundreds of millions of pneumococcal vaccines have been given to children and adults all over the world.

Vantaa participates in THL’s study of flu vaccinations for the aging

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) studies the effect of flu vaccine for over-65-year-olds. The aim is to investigate whether a high-dosage flu vaccine protects the elderly against severe heart, circulatory and respiratory tract diseases better than an ordinary flu vaccine.

The studied vaccine contains the same four virus strains as in the national vaccination program, but it contains four times the amount of active ingredients. Earlier studies have shown that the vaccine is safe.

Over-65-year-old Vantaa residents will receive an invitation to participate in the study by mail. Participation in the study is voluntary. In order to investigate the effectiveness of the vaccines, the participants’ health will be monitored from national health registers for about 10 months from giving the vaccine.

An over-65-year-old Vantaa resident can him/herself make an appointment for the study vaccination. Appointment Service’s phone number is 09 839 50090, and it is available until Dec. 13, 2019, on weekdays at 9-15. Appointment times for the study vaccine are available from November 4 to December 20, 2019. All the Vantaa residents participating in the study are vaccinated at Koivukylä, Myyrmäki and Tikkurila health centers.

Further information about the study is available at: www.thl.fi/finfluhd.

Published: 4.11.2019 
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