Influenza vaccination 2018–2019

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2018-09-27 10:02

Anyone can get influenza. Vaccination is the best protection against influenza and the diseases it causes. Influenza can cause pneumonia. Influenza viruses also damage mucous membranes, enabling bacteria to cause other diseases, such as ear infection, bronchitis and sinusitis. If you do not contract influenza, you also cannot infect others with it.

The protection given by the vaccine is formed in approximately two weeks. Most vaccinated persons do not get influenza. If they do, however, their illness is usually milder and they recover faster than the unvaccinated. So it makes sense to get vaccinated either way.

Make on appointment and avoid the queues

Please book a separate appointment for each person getting the vaccination.

  • Make an appointment online: www.espoo.fi/e-healthcentre
  • Make an appointment by telephone to your health centre (Espoonlahti, Kalajärvi, Kilo, Kivenlahti, Leppävaara, Matinkylä, Samaria, Tapiola and Viherlaakso, tel. 09 816 34500, weekdays 7 am–6 pm
  • Appointments to Oma Lääkärisi health Centres, weekdays 8 am–4 pm:
    Espoontori tel. 09 855 4303, Iso Omena tel. 09 855 4100

Maternity and child health clinics (n euvola): You can ask for an influenza vaccination during your regular visit, or  book an appointment online for the vaccination at neuvola.
Schoolchildren and students: The school nurses and student nurses will provide information on vaccinations via Wilma.

Influenza vaccinations without appointment

Please be prepared to wait for your turn. There may be a queue.

Who can get influenza vaccine free of charge?

Influenza vaccine is free of charge for those whose health is substantially threatened by influenza or whose health significantly benefits from the influenza vaccination:

  • pregnant women and their immediate circle*
  • persons aged 65 or older and their immediate circle*
  • all infants between 6 months and 6 years of age
  • the immediate circle of infants under 6 months of age*
  • persons at risk due to an illness or treatment, such as persons with an underlying disorder like a chronic heart or pulmonary illness, diabetes or kidney disease, and their immediate circle*
  • those starting (voluntary) military service
  • social and healthcare and medical personnel.

* Immediate circle includes those who live or have regular contact with a person vulnerable to influenza.

If you do not belong to any of the groups mentioned above, request an influenza vaccine prescription by phone from your health centre’s appointment number, buy the vaccine from a pharmacy and bring it when you come to get vaccinated. The vaccination appointment is free of charge.

Vaccine

The national vaccination programme used during the 2018−2019 influenza season uses the VaxigripTetra injections for those over 6 months of age. The alternative offered for children 2−6 years of age is the Fluenz Tetra nasal spray vaccine.