The maternity and child health clinics of the Wellbeing Services County of Central Finland will be administering free influenza vaccines to children over 6 months and under 7 years of age, as well as pregnant persons. A person in a high-risk group may also receive a coronavirus vaccine at the same time. At the maternity and child health clinic, a pregnant person's spouse and the parents of babies under 6 months of age can also be vaccinated. Kela and maternity and child health clinic cards should be brought along to the vaccination.
Three vaccination days in Palokka for children under 7 years of age and pregnant persons from Jyväskylä and Muurame
The Palokka Maternity and Child Health Clinic will organize walk-in vaccination days on three Saturdays without appointment booking.
The vaccination days are:
- Saturday, November 18, 8 am to 4 pm.
- Saturday, December 16, 8 am to 4 pm.
- Saturday, January 13, 8 am to 4 pm.
The Palokka Maternity and Child Health Clinic will vaccinate the maternity and child health clinic clients of Jyväskylä and Muurame, i.e. children under 7 years of age and pregnant persons. If you cannot attend the maternity and child health clinic vaccination days, you can ask your own maternity and child health clinic for an appointment.
In the maternity and child health clinics elsewhere in Central Finland, vaccines will be administered by appointment.
At the maternity and child health clinics of other localities, an appointment for influenza vaccination must be booked. Vaccination appointments will be available at the maternity and child health clinics of Hankasalmi, Joutsa, Kannonkoski, Karstula, Keuruu, Kivijärvi, Konnevesi, Kyyjärvi, Laukaa, Multia, Petäjävesi, Pihtipudas, Saarijärvi, Toivakka, Uurainen, Viitasaari and Äänekoski.
In Jämsä, children under 7 years of age and pregnant persons will be vaccinated by appointment at their own maternity and child health clinic. Residents of Jämsä can already book vaccination appointments at their maternity and child health clinics.
In Kinnula, vaccination appointments will be offered in November. The vaccination days and the opening of the appointment booking will be announced later.
For whom is the free influenza vaccine available?
Persons entitled to free vaccination are children over 6 months and under 7 years of age, pregnant persons, persons over 65 years of age, persons belonging to a high-risk group due to an illness or treatment, and persons close to those at risk of serious influenza infection. Those particularly vulnerable to influenza are children under 6 months of age, severely immunosuppressed people, severely ill people, people 65 years and older with underlying health conditions and in poor condition, people at risk of serious influenza who cannot be vaccinated, and those who are pregnant. Persons living in the same apartment or in weekly face-to-face contact with people at risk of serious influenza infection are considered to be close persons. The vaccine is free of charge for those belonging to the group of close people. Their vaccinations protect the mother and baby both during and after pregnancy.
Who is the coronavirus vaccine for?
If a 12-18-year-old belonging to a high-risk group has already received the full series of coronavirus vaccines before, no coronavirus booster is needed in the autumn 2023. If they have not received the full series before, the coronavirus vaccine is offered and recommended to be administered at the same time as the influenza vaccine. The exception is those aged 12 to 18 who are severely immunosuppressed and for whom a coronavirus booster vaccine is recommended.
Children between 6 months and 11 years of age will receive coronavirus vaccines according to the individual assessment of the physician treating them.
School pupil vaccinations
School health care will organize vaccinations for pupils belonging to high-risk groups. The nurses will inform the families of the vaccinations offered at their school through a Wilma bulletin. If necessary, contact the school nurse.
Vaccinations for upper-secondary school students
Student health care is responsible for vaccinations for upper-secondary students in study-related and high-risk groups, and will inform regarding them through Wilma bulletins.