Seasonal influenza vaccinations in Espoo
Appointment booking for influenza vaccinations starts on Monday 17 October
A free influenza vaccine is available to:
- pregnant women
- everyone aged 65 and over
- under 7-year-old children
- those belonging to risk groups because of a medical condition or treatment(external link) (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
- those starting their compulsory or voluntary military service
- people who live in housing units or stay for long periods in institutional conditions, including prisons and reception centres
- social welfare, health care and pharmaceutical service personnel
- those close to persons who are very susceptible to severe influenza.
Get both influenza and coronavirus vaccines at a vaccination site
This year, influenza vaccines will be mostly administered at our vaccination sites in Espoon keskus and at the Ainoa shopping centre. The same sites also offer coronavirus vaccines. Over 65-year-olds, over 18-year-olds who belong to risk groups and over 12-year-olds with a severely weakened immune system can get a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine at the same time.
If you want to get both the influenza and coronavirus vaccines at the same time, book your appointment online at bookcovidvaccine.fi(external link).
If you want to book an appointment by phone, call our number 09 816 34800 (Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00) and leave a call-back request. Text message service for the deaf and hard of hearing, tel. 040 639 3945.
Read more about coronavirus vaccination in Espoo.
Influenza vaccinations at health centres and vaccination sites
You can book an appointment online at espoo.terveytesi.fi(external link). To book an appointment, you will need to log in using your online banking codes or mobile ID. You can find available appointments under “Appointments and invitations”. Select “Appointment at the health centre” from the menu and then “Influenza vaccination” as the appointment type. Select the location for your vaccination appointment. If you cannot find an appointment, select “Any” to show available appointments at all locations.
If you want to book an appointment by phone, call our number 09 816 34800 (Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00) and leave a call-back request. Text message service for the deaf and hard of hearing, tel. 040 639 3945. Service voucher clients who use a private health centre should contact their health centre to book an appointment.
Please note that we are unable to take care of other matters during a vaccination appointment. Health centres do not offer coronavirus vaccines in connection with influenza vaccinations.
Influenza vaccinations at maternity and child health clinics
A free influenza vaccine is available to pregnant women and their family members, under 7-year-old children as well as the family members of under 6-month-old babies.
We recommend that you book your appointment online at espoo.terveytesi.fi(external link). You will need to log in using your online banking codes or mobile ID. You can find available appointments under “Appointments and invitations”. Select “Maternity and child health clinic appointments ” from the menu and then “Influenza vaccination” as the appointment type. Select the location for your vaccination appointment. If you cannot find an appointment, select “Any” to show available appointments at all locations.
If you cannot use the online system or if several persons wish to get vaccinated during a regular clinic appointment, call our clinics’ telephone service, tel. 09 816 22800 (Mon–Fri 8:30–13:30). In other cases, you should use the online system.
Influenza vaccinations through school and student health services
School nurses provide information on influenza vaccinations at schools through a Wilma message.
Influenza vaccinations for home care clients and nursing home residents
If you are a client of a home care doctor and unable to visit a vaccination site or if you live in a nursing home, you will receive an influenza vaccine as well as a coronavirus vaccine, if necessary, in connection with these services. You do not need to book an appointment or go anywhere to get vaccinated. All individuals living in the same household can be vaccinated during a home care visit. Other home care clients will be vaccinated at a health centre or vaccination site. You can find instructions on how to book an appointment above, under “Influenza vaccinations at health centres and vaccination sites”.
Influenza vaccinations for clients of Disability Services
If you live in a sheltered housing unit with 24-hour assistance (intensified sheltered housing), you will receive an influenza vaccine as well as a coronavirus vaccine, if necessary, in your housing unit.
Influenza vaccinations at home
If a person’s functional capacity is reduced and they are unable to visit a vaccination site, even if accompanied by another person, they can get vaccinated at home.
Our telephone service for appointment booking, tel. 09 816 34800, is open Monday–Friday 8:00–16:00. We have a call-back system. Our staff will interview the person to be vaccinated or their family member and check their patient information. Based on this information, our staff will instruct the client to visit a vaccination site or will give advice on how to get vaccinated at home.
Espoo residents of all ages who are entitled to a free influenza vaccine can call our vaccination number to request an at-home vaccination. A long distance from home to a vaccination site, underlying medical conditions, use of assistive devices, age or fear are not obstacles to getting vaccinated at a vaccination site.
What influenza vaccines are available?
During the influenza season 2022–2023, the vaccination programme will offer:
- the injectable VaxigripTetra vaccine to all age groups
- the FluenzTetra nasal spray vaccine to 2–6-year-olds.
Safe vaccination for all
- You should only get vaccinated if you are healthy.
- We recommend that you wear a face mask.
- Only come to the vaccination location just before your appointment to prevent overcrowding in the waiting rooms.
- Take care of good hand hygiene.
- Have your Kela card readily available.
We also ask you to wear clothes that make it easy to bare your upper arm.
People close to risk groups
The influenza vaccine is available free of charge to those close to a person with a high risk of severe influenza if they are in face-to-face contact every week or live together.
People who have a high risk of severe influenza include:
- people with a severely weakened immune system
- people who are seriously ill
- people who are susceptible to severe influenza but cannot be vaccinated
- over 65-year-olds who have an underlying medical condition and are in poor condition
- under 6-month-old babies
- pregnant women.
If you are not entitled to a free influenza vaccine
If you do not belong to a risk group and are not close to a person with a high risk of severe influenza but would like to protect yourself, you can buy a vaccine. In addition, many employers offer influenza vaccines to their employees. If you need a prescription for an influenza vaccine, you can call us, tel. 09 816 34800 (Mon–Fri 8:00–16:00). You will then need to pick up the vaccine from a pharmacy and book a vaccination appointment online or by phone.