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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

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

Appointment bookings

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.

Vaccination time can also be booked by calling

Kruunupyy healthcarestation, Monday-Wednesday, Friday: 8-16
tel. 040 806 5700
Säbrontie 1, 68500 Kruunupyy

Alaveteli healthcarestation, Monday – Wednesday, Friday: 8-16
tel. 040 806 5800
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 040 6700 720. The line is open Mon-Fri from 10:30-11:30.

Vaccination clinic

Laihia Health Station: Vallinmäentie 43, 66400 Laihia

Appointment bookings

Vaccination time can be booked by calling or texting 040 650 7977. Times are given Thu-Fri 09:00–12:00.

Vaccination clinics

Maalahti (Malax) Vaccination Clinic

Maalahti-Korsnäs Health Station: Tamppitie 2, 66100 Maalahti

Korsnäs Vaccination Clinic

Korsnäs Healthcare Centre: Norrbyntie 9, 66200 Korsnäs

Appointment bookings

Vaccination times are primarily booked electronically here.

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

Mustasaari Healthcare Centre: 06 218 4275 Wednesday – Friday 08:00–12:00

Oravainen Healthcare Centre: 06 529 1253 Wednesday – Friday 12:00–14:00

Vaccination clinics

Mustasaari Healthcare Centre: Vanha Karperöntie 17, 65610 Mustasaari

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

Appointment bookings

A time for a vaccination can be booked electronically here.

A vaccination time can also be booked by telephone at the number 06 218 7601. Times are given Mon-Fri 9:30-10:00. A call request can be left from 08:00-12:00.

Vaccination clinics

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

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

Närpiö (Närpes) Maternity Clinic: Närpiöntie 4, 64200 Närpiö

Appointment bookings

A time for a vaccination can be booked electronically here.

You can book online at any time. Strong authentication is required for the 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 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 vaccination appointment must be booked in advance either online or by phone.

A time for a vaccination can be booked electronically here.

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

Vaasa: Mon-Fri 8-15 tel. 06 218 9000.

Vähäkyrö: Mon-Fri 10:30–11:30 tel. 040 6700 720.

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