Seasonal influenza vaccinations for 2020 have started

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2020-09-30 12:08

Seasonal influenza vaccinations for 2020 have started in Espoo. You can get vaccinated at city’s health centres,  maternity and child health clinics or as a part of school and student health services.  If you are a home care client or live in a nursing home, you will get vaccinated as part of these care services. 

Due to the coronavirus, you can only get vaccinated if you book an appointment.

Who gets vaccinated against influenza?

A free influenza vaccine is available as part of the national vaccination programme to those for whom influenza is an essential health risk or who gain significant health benefits from the vaccination. Groups entitled to a free influenza vaccination are:

  • social, health care and medical care personnel
  • pregnant women
  • everyone aged 65 and over
  • children aged under 7
  • those belonging to at-risk groups because of an illness or treatment
  • those close to a person susceptible to serious influenza
  • men starting their military service and women starting their voluntary military service

Read more about influenza on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

If you do not belong to any of the risk groups but would like to get vaccinated against influenza, you can get a prescription by calling tel. 09 816 34800 (Tue–Thu 8:00–16:00).

Which vaccines are used?

During the influenza season 2020–2021, the vaccination programme offers injectable VaxigripTetra vaccine for all age groups and FluenzTetra nasal spray vaccine for children aged from 2 to 6 years.

Read more about vaccines from the website of Finnish institute for health and welfare.

Book an influenza vaccination appointment online 

  • Book an appointment online: espoo.terveytesi.fiTo book an appointment, you need to have online banking codes or a mobile ID. After signing in choose Appointments -> Book a new appointment -> Appointment at the health centre -> Nurse: Influenza vaccination

  • Book an appointment by phone:
    • Clients of Espoonlahti, Iso Omena, Leppävaara, Kalajärvi, Kilo, Kivenlahti, Samaria and Tapiola Health Centres, tel. 09 816 34800, Tue–Thu 8:00–16:00. Text message service for the deaf and hard of hearing, tel. 040 639 3945.
    • Clients of Oma Lääkärisi Matinkylä, tel. 09 855 4100, Mon–Thu 7:00–18:00 and Fri 7:00-16:00. Text message service for the deaf and hard of hearing, tel. 050 521 0553.
    • Service voucher clients who use a private health centre should contact their health centre to book an appointment.

Influenza vaccinations at maternity and child health clinics

Maternity and child health clinics vaccinate pregnant women and children under school age.

  • Book an appointment online: Maternity and child health clinics booking
  • If you use the online system to book vaccination appointments for several family members, please book a separate appointment for each person.
  • If you are unable to book an appointment online or if several persons wish to get vaccinated during a regular maternity and child health clinic appointment, please book an appointment through the clinics’ centralised appointment booking and counselling number, tel. 09 816 22800, Mon–Fri 8:30–14:30.

School and Student Health Services

School nurses will inform guardians and students of influenza vaccinations through a Wilma message.

Safe and smooth vaccination for all

  • Only attend your vaccination appointment if you are healthy.
  • Please only come to your appointment just before it to prevent overcrowding in our waiting rooms.
  • We recommend that clients aged 15 and older wear a mask or a face shield. 
  • Please pay attention to good hand hygiene and maintain safe distances from other clients and staff members whenever possible.
  • Please have your Kela card readily available when you are about to get vaccinated.
  • We also ask you to wear clothes that make it easy to bare your upper arm.