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Influenza vaccinations will be given to Helsinkians 1-26 November

Influenza vaccinations will be provided free of charge to those belonging to at-risk groups and their loved ones from Monday to Friday during weeks 44-47, i.e. 1-26 November. The vaccines are only administered by appointment.

The fastest way to book a vaccination appointment from Monday 25 October 9:00 onwards is online at influenzavaccination.hel.fi. You can also book an appointment by calling the appointment booking line, tel. 09 310 46300.

The vaccination points will be open as follows:

  • 1–27 November Mon–Thu 8.15–18:00 and Fri 8.15–16:00.

The vaccination points are

  • Jätkäsaari vaccination point, Tyynenmerenkatu 6 L 3
  • Malmi vaccination point, Vanha Helsingintie 5 / Latokartanontie 16
  • Myllypuro vaccination point, Myllypurontie 1
  • Kannelmäki vaccination point, Kaustisenpolku 6 A

Free of charge influenza vaccinations are available to the following groups:

  • those who are pregnant
  • children under the age of 7-years-old (6 months–6 years)
  • those in at-risk groups due to an illness
  • those over 65-years-old
  • those entering mandatory or voluntary military service
  • those working in social services, health care or pharmaceutical services.
  • close friends and loved ones of people particularly susceptible to severe influenza.

Close friends and loved ones of people particularly susceptible to severe influenza are those who live in the same apartment or have weekly face-to-face contact with a person who is particularly susceptible to severe influenza. Close friends and loved ones also include people who live in the same apartment or have weekly face-to-face contact with a person who is susceptible to severe influenza but who cannot be vaccinated against influenza.

Vaccination is the most efficient way of preventing influenza

“You should have the influenza vaccination to protect yourself and your close friends and family against the influenza and other illnesses and effects it can cause. Getting vaccinated is especially important if you are in contact with someone who has an increased risk of contracting severe influenza”, says Director of Health and substance abuse services Leena Turpeinen.

“Having close friends and loved ones vaccinated is especially beneficial to people such those over the age of 65, pregnant women, children aged under six months and those suffering from long-term illnesses”, Turpeinen continues.

The influenza vaccine can be given at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine

The current coronavirus situation makes it even more important to get the vaccination.

- A person can suffer simultaneously from both the coronavirus and the influenza virus. Concurrent infections increase the risk of severe illness. The influenza vaccine can be given at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

The City of Helsinki will probably start giving third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to those over 60 years old and those who are susceptible to severe COVID-19 (risk groups 1 and 2) next week. If you would like to take the seasonal influenza vaccination and third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time, it is possible as long as six months have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. In this case, there is no need to book a separate time for the COVID-19 vaccination.

The first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can also be taken at the same time as the influenza vaccine. There is also no need to book a seperate time for the first and second doses.

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