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Vaccinations and infectious diseases

COVID-19 vaccinations: How do I get the vaccination?

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Basic vaccinations

The children and young people are vaccinated at the child welfare clinics or by the school nurse .

Basic vaccinations and their boosters against tetanus, diphtheria and polio are given at the local health centres , by occupational health services, student health care services and Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS). The basic vaccinations are free of charge.

Influenza vaccinations

The Influenza vaccinations (flu shots) are offered free of charge to people whose health would be in serious jeopardy by the influenza or who receive substantial health benefits from being vaccinated.

A free influenza vaccination is offered to

  • social and health care professionals as well as pharmaceutical service professionals and students participating in direct patient and customer work (starting with persons who meet and treat people with influenza or who are constantly taking care of persons who are particularly susceptible to serious influenza)
  • 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 (more information below)
  • men starting their military service and women starting their voluntary military service
  • persons who live or stay for long periods in institutional conditions

Free influenza vaccination is available to family members who live in the same apartment or communicate weekly face to face with a person who is particularly susceptible to serious influenza or is susceptible to serious influenza but cannot be vaccinated. Other family members must pay for their influenza vaccination.

Persons who are particularly susceptible to serious influenza include severely immunocompromised and seriously ill individuals, frail individuals aged 65 or older with underlying conditions, individuals susceptible to serious influenza who cannot be vaccinated, infants aged under 6 months and pregnant individuals.

Vaccinations at the health centres

Influenza vaccinations for adults are given at the health centres. Health centres administer vaccinations by appointment. The appointment can be reserved online or by calling your health centre or the health care counselling service on 03 5657 0023 (choose line 2), open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Persons coming to get a seasonal influenza vaccination should have their Kela card with them. In order to make your vaccination easier, you should wear a garment with sleeves that can be easily rolled up. After the vaccination, be prepared to stay at the premises and rest for approximately 15 minutes. If you experience any problems after the vaccination, we recommend that you call the health services information and advice line on 03 5657 0023, open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Vaccinations at maternity and child welfare clinics and school health care

Pregnant women and children under school age are vaccinated at their own maternity and child health clinics during a normal visit. More information about vaccinations is available from your own child welfare clinic.

Schoolchildren and students who are entitled to a free vaccination are primarily vaccinated by the school or student health services. Further information about the vaccinations is available from your school and student health nurse.

How can I order a vaccine prescription?

If you are not entitled to a free vaccine, you can purchase a vaccine for yourself. Order a prescription for seasonal influenza vaccine either online or by calling:

When your prescription is ready, you can purchase your vaccine at a pharmacy and book a vaccination appointment. The actual vaccination appointment is free for all. Adults can book a vaccination appointment at their own health centre or occupational health care provider or, for example, get vaccinated during their child’s appointment at a child welfare clinic. Children and young people are vaccinated at child welfare clinics and school or student health service clinics.

Special vaccinations for those travelling abroad

Vaccinations and control of infectious diseases

Booking an appointment is necessary. You can arrange an appointment either by calling during the specified calling times or by visiting the office during the opening hours.

Booking an appointment and inquiries:
Tel. 03 5657 0150, booking an appointment and inquiries, Mon - Thu 8.30 - 9.45 and 12.30 - 13.30, Fri 9 - 10 and 12.30 - 13.30

Please get in touch with the clinic at least two months prior to travelling abroad.


  • Planning of a personal vaccination schedule
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate (14,50 euros)
  • Prescriptions for other vaccinations and malaria profylaxis
    - Prescriptions for vaccinations for hepatitis A and B are also given at the local health centres
  • Boosters for basic vaccinations

Infectious diseases:

  • Prevention and control of salmonella, shigella and other diarrhoea diseases
  • Advice in cases of suspected food poisoning
  • Prevention and control of tuberculosis