Vaccinations

VaccinationsDecision-making by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health concerning the vaccination programme is made with the support of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). Municipalities are responsible for the practical arrangement of vaccinations.

Children

Before starting school children are vaccinated against the following diseases

  • polio
  • diptheria
  • tetanus
  • whooping cough
  • measles
  • mumps
  • rubella
  • meningitis
  • meningitis and epiglottitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • diseases caused by pneumococcus
  • human papilloma virus, HPV
  • varicella (chickenpox)

Boosters are given to children by school health care services and to adults by health centres. Vaccinations are not compulsory. Over 90% of parents in Finland vaccinate their children.

Vaccination of risk groups

The vaccination programme in Finland also provides for the vaccination against influenza of children under the age of three, adults of 65 and over and others at risk. People in risk groups for hepatitis A and B and tuberculosis are also vaccinated.

Further information

Sari Ekholm, ylilääkäri 
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Hyvinvointi- ja palveluosasto / HPO, Palvelut-yksikkö / PAL, Toimintakyky-tulosryhmä / TOK 0295163447  


Anni Virolainen-Julkunen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Medical Affairs 
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Hyvinvointi- ja palveluosasto / HPO, Palvelut-yksikkö / PAL, Toimintakyky-tulosryhmä / TOK 0295163324  


Liisa Katajamäki, Senior Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Hyvinvointi- ja palveluosasto / HPO, Palvelut-yksikkö / PAL, Toimintakyky-tulosryhmä / TOK 0295163329