Seasonal Flu vaccinations in Oulu 2019-2020
Influenza vaccinations can be received in the following health clinics and health care centres:
Haukipudas, Kaakkuri, Kiiminki, Kontinkangas, Myllyoja, Oulunsalo and Tuira
Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 9–16 (A–L last name initial)
Sat Nov 30th, 2019 at 9–16 (M–Ö last name initial)
Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 16–19
Tue Nov 26th, 2019 at 8–15
Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 at 8–15
Wed Nov 27th, 2019 at 8–15
Wed Dec 4th, 2019 at 8–15
Influenza vaccine is offered free of charge to:
• The staff of Social and Health Care Services
• Pregnant women
• Everyone aged 65 or over
• All children from 6 months to 6 years old
• People at risk due to their illness or treatment
• The immediate circle of person at risk
• Those starting military service or voluntary military service
Others can buy the vaccine from the pharmacy.
Those not included in the risk groups listed above may, if they wish, also be vaccinated. You must first obtain a prescription and buy the vaccine from a pharmacy before coming to the health care centre or clinic. To get the prescription, contact your health care provider by calling or sending a message at Oulun Omahoito (website in Finnish).
You can request vaccine prescriptions for all your family members if you can name their Personal Identity Codes when contacting the health care provider.
Vaccination of children
Under-school-aged children can be vaccinated on dates specified above, or during their child health clinic visits. Children under 9 years of age who have not been vaccinated before need two doses of the influenza vaccine. In these cases, the appointment date for the second vaccination is given at the first vaccination.
The vaccine may be given as a nasal spray for children between 2 and 6 years of age. Only a limited number of nasal spray vaccines are available. The nasal spray vaccine needs to be given only once, even if it is the child’s first vaccination.
For the 2019−2020 influenza season, the national vaccination programme includes Vaxigrip Tetra injections for those over 6 months of age.
Fluenz Tetra nasal spray vaccine for children 2−6 years of age.
The vaccine is quadrivalent and offers better protection than the previous vaccinations included in the national vaccination program. It does not contain adjuvants or preservatives.
The vaccination gives protection against influenza and its sequelae; it does not protect from the common cold.
The vaccination decreases the amounts of
- deaths and hospitalisations caused by influenza
- serious influenza cases
- sequelae such as ear infections, pneumonia, and bronchitis
- spreading of the influenza
The majority of the vaccinated avoid influenza infection, and for those who do not, the disease is usually milder and the recovery quicker.