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Influenza is an acute inflammation of the respiratory tract caused by influenza viruses. Influenza epidemics occur every winter. Influenza is associated with a high fever, muscle ache and headache, and common cold symptoms.

The influenza vaccine gives protection against influenza and associated secondary diseases, such as ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia as well as myocardial infarction and cerebral circulation disorders

The majority of those who take the vaccine manage to avoid the flu. If a vaccinated person gets the flu, the disease is usually milder and recovery is faster. Protection provided by the influenza vaccine lasts for about a year, so a vaccine taken last year does not provide any protection against this season’s influenza.

Who is given a vaccination?

Groups entitled to a free influenza vaccination are as follows:

  • Pregnant women
  • Everyone aged 65 and over
  • Children aged under 7 years
  • Those belonging to at-risk groups because of an illness or treatment
  • Men starting their military service and women starting their voluntary military service.

In addition, persons caring for clients and patients, as well as social, healthcare and medical care personnel, along with those close to a person susceptible to a serious influenza infection, are entitled to receive a free influenza vaccination.

You can find more information about these groups on the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare website.

Who in a close circle is entitled to a free influenza vaccination?

A free influenza vaccination can be given to a person in a close circle who

  • is regularly in close contact with a person particularly susceptible to severe influenza
  • is regularly in close contact with a person who is susceptible to severe influenza but cannot be protected by the influenza vaccine.

Regular close contact refers to a situation where the person in question lives in the same home or has weekly face-to-face contact with a protected person.

More information about vaccinating those in a close circle ( in Finnish)

Vaccination of non-risk groups

If you do not belong to a risk group or a close circle, you can inquire about having an influenza vaccination from your work or student healthcare centre. If necessary, you can also get a prescription from a health station, in which case you will pay for the vaccine yourself. In this case, you will obtain the vaccine from the pharmacy and take it to the nurses’ clinic, where the nurse will inject you with the vaccine.

Booster doses of coronavirus vaccine available together with influenza vaccination

Koronarokotteen tehosteannos voidaan antaa influenssarokotteen yhteydessä, jos The booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine can be given together with the influenza vaccination, if at least three months have passed since the previous vaccination or since you had the coronavirus. See the instructions on our COVID-19 Vaccinations webpage.

Vaccination events, vaccination points and booking appointments

Booking opens on Monday 24th of October. Municipalities organise general vaccination events, which you can go to without making an appointment. You can find the timetables for your municipality below. If you can’t make it to an event, then you can make an appointment for a vaccination. Times are gradually added to the system. If there are no appointments right now, please come back to check the situation later.

Appointment bookings

Vaccination times can be booked by telephone at the Kaskinen Health Centre on 045 232 2200 or 045 129 5913 (Mon-Thu 08:00-16:00, Fri 08:00-14:00).

Vaccination clinic

Kaskinen Health Centre: Sulkukatu 11 A, 64260 Kaskinen

Vaccination events without booking

These vaccination events do not require booking. Vaccination times are divided according to the first letter of the last name as follows:

17.11. from 10–17 everyone

1.12. from 10–17 everyone                                                    

Appointment bookings

Vaccination times can be booked by telephone at the Kristiinankaupunki child welfare clinic on 06 218 6012. Times are given on weekdays from 08:30 – 09:30.

Vaccination clinic

Family Centre, child welfare clinic: Lapväärtintie 10, 64100 Kristiinankaupunki

Appointment bookings

Vaccination time can be booked by calling

Kruunupyy healthcarestation, monday-wednesday, friday: 8-16
tel. 040 806 5700
Säbrontie 1, 68500 Kruunupyy

Alaveteli healthcarestation, wednesday klo 8-16
tel. 040 806 5900
Misterhultintie 4, 68410 Alaveteli

Teerijärvi healthcarestation, monday-tuesday, thursday-friday: 8-16
tel. 040 806 5800
Hörbyntie 8, 68700 Teerijärvi

Appointment bookings

A time for a vaccination can be booked electronically here.

You can also book an appointment by calling the health station on 06 325 8200. The line is open Mon-Thu from 08:00-16:00 and Fri from 08:00-15:00.

Vaccination clinic

Laihia Health Station: Vallinmäentie 43, 66400 Laihia

Appointment bookings

Vaccination time can be booked by calling or texting 040 650 7978. Times are given Mon-Thu 8:15–12 and Fri 9.15–12

Attention! Appointment booking is closed on December 5th, 22nd and 23rd.

Vaccination clinics

Maalahti (Malax) Vaccination Clinic

Dankas: Köpingintie 10, 66100 Maalahti

Vaccination times are given every 5 minutes, so we hope you arrive just before your own time to avoid congestion.

Wheelchair users can enter through the door on the right, which has a ramp.

If you arrive by car, use the sand-based field opposite Köttdisken for parking, especially from 11–14. The parking spaces in front of Dankas are intended for disabled people.

Appointment bookings

Vaccination times are primarily booked electronically here.

Appointment bookings can also be made by telephone using the following numbers:

Mustasaari Healthcare Centre: 06 327 7000 Mon-Fri 08:00–12:00

Oravainen Healthcare Centre: 06 385 2200 Mon-Fri 08:00–12:00

Vaccination clinics

Mustasaari Healthcare Centre: Vanha Karperöntie 17, 65610 Mustasaari

Oravainen-Vöyri-Maksamaa (Oravais-Vörå-Maksmo) Healthcare Centre: Öyrintie 25, 66800 Oravainen

Vaccination events without booking

Närpiön perhekeskus, Family centre (Närpesvägen 4, 64200 Närpiö): Tuesday 13.12. from 14.30–17.

Pirttikylä, terveysasema, Healthcare station (Keskustie 13, 66270 Pirttikylä): Wednesday 30.11. from 13.30–17

Töjbyn terveysasema, Healthcare station (Blaxnäsvägen 5, 66295 Töjby): Tuesday 29.11. from 13.30–16

Ylimarkun terveysasema, Healthcare station (Vaasantie 1599 F, 64610, Ylimarkku): Wednesday 30.11. from 8.30–11.30.

Appointment bookings

A time for a vaccination can be booked electronically here.

A vaccination time can also be booked by telephone at the following numbers:

  • Family Centre: 06 224 9440. Times are given Mon-Fri 9:30-10:00. A call request can be left from 08:00-12:00.

Vaccination clinics

The main lobby of Närpiö Healthcare Centre: Kirkkotie 6, 64200 Närpiö

Ylimarkku (Övermark) Healthcare Station: Vaasantie 1599 F, 64610 Ylimarkku

Pirttikylä (Pörtom) Healthcare Station: Keskustie 13, 66270 Pirttikylä

Töjby Healthcare Station: Blaxnäsvägen 5, 66295 Töjby

Appointment bookings from Monday 24th of October

A time for a vaccination can be booked electronically here.

You can book online at any time. Strong authentication is not required for the booking, so you do not need to have a bank ID code when booking.

Appointment bookings are also available by telephone on 06 781 0330. The telephone line is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 08:00-14:00.
Vaccination clinics.

Pietarsaari (Jakobstad)

Malmi Health Centre: Kolpintie 7, 68600 Pietarsaari

Vaccinations are given on weekdays at the H-entrance to the Malm Healthcare Centre in Pietarsaari. Occasionally, vaccinations are also given on Saturdays at the A-entrance of the Malm Healthcare Centre.

Uusikaarlepyy (Nykarleby)

Uusikaarlepyy Healthcare Centre: Mathesiuksenkatu 9, A-entrance, 66900 Uusikaarlepyy


Pännäinen (Bennäs) Healthcare Centre: Vaasantie 1, 68910 Pännäinen

Ähtävän (Esse) Healthcare Centre: Bärklarintie 3, 68810 Ytteresse

Luoto (Larsmo)

Luoto Healthcare Centre: Pajutie 2 B, 68570 Luoto

Appointment bookings

A time for a vaccination can be booked electronically here.

Appointment bookings can also be made by telephone using the following numbers:

Vaasa, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-15:00 tel. 040 679 0680

Vaccination clinics

Vaasa: First floor of H-building in the Vasa central hospital, Hietalahdenkatu 2-4, 65100 Vaasa.

Vähäkyrö Healthcare Station: Vähänkyröntie 18,  66500 Vähäkyrö