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This year we will use for vaccination against influenza vaccine:

  • VAXIGRIP TETRA 4-component vaccine, whereby additional protection will be achieved against another B-influenza strain.

Immunisation against influenza with the help of that vaccine is available to all those wishing, starting from the age of 6th months, provided there are no contraindications.

Price 19.50 EUR

We recommend starting influenza vaccinations in October. The influenza vaccine starts to take effect in healthy persons 10-14 days after the injection and the effect lasts up to one year.

Vaccinations are contraindicated in case of: hypersensitivity to egg protein; hypersensitivity to other vaccine components; acute febrile illness.

We strongly recommend vaccinating the persons belonging to the following risk groups:

  • persons 65 years of age and older;
  • persons suffering from anaemia, chronic lung, heart, kidney or metabolic diseases (especially diabetes);
  • immunocompromised persons, including persons receiving immunosupressant treatment and persons with HIV;
  • pregnant women whose 2nd or 3rd trimester coincides with the period of frequent influenza illnesses or epidemic;
  • patients with chronic diseases in social welfare institutions and long-term care hospitals;
  • persons at risk due to their job (healthcare professionals, employees of social welfare institutions, service industry employees, etc.;
  • persons who may spread the disease to the persons belonging to the risk group.

Common symptoms of influenza include high fever, sore throat, cough, and runny nose. Other possible symptoms include pain in extremities, headache, chills, and tiredness. Vomiting and diarrhoea may be present, also stomach ache in children.

Risk of infection can be reduced by following the measures listed below:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the used tissue into a garbage bin. Do not use the same disposable tissue twice;
  • In case you do not have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose with your upper sleeve when sneezing or coughing;
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or disinfect them with a disinfectant containing alcohol;
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if you have not just washed your hands;
  • Avoid big crowds, shaking hands, and close contacts (less than 1 metre);
  • Avoid using public transportation whenever possible or try not to do it during rush hour.

Annual influenza vaccinations are the most effective way of avoiding influenza and its complications.

Qvalitas Arstikeskus