Decision-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.
- Vaccination (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
- Decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on vaccinations (pdf)
Before starting school children are vaccinated against the following diseases
- whooping cough
- meningitis and epiglottitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b
- diseases caused by pneumococcus
human papilloma virus, HPV
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.