Frequently asked questions

Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions.

Call request

How to submit a call request?

If your appointment was less than 60 days ago, you can leave a call request for a specialist on the front page of Mehiläinen’s website in the section “Leave a call request”  . In OmaMehiläinen, you can also leave a call request and send a message to the professional who was in charge of your care. Occupational health customers can send a message or leave a call request to their occupational health team in OmaMehiläinen, if necessary. You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system  .

How do I cancel a call request?

You can cancel a call request in the OmaMehiläinen service  , by contacting our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system  .

Certifications, Prescriptions & Documents

How do I renew my prescription?

If your prescription hasn’t expired, you can request a renewal in the OmaMehiläinen service  . If you want to ask about a renewal by phone, you can leave a call request   with the specialist who wrote the prescription on the website or in OmaMehiläinen.

You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system  . If you wish, you can also make an appointment to renew the recipe.

Please remember that medicines affecting the central nervous system, for example, cannot be renewed over the phone without a treatment relationship.

I’ve lost my sick leave certificate. What should I do?

If your appointment was less than 60 days ago, you can leave a call request to the professional who wrote the absence certificate in the OmaMehiläinen service   or online . You can also leave a call request by contacting our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in our chat service .

I need my X-rays, where can I get them?

You can see your appointment records, test results, X-rays and MRI images in the OmaMehiläinen service  . Almost all information about your appointments is available in OmaMehiläinen. You can also print out your patient records and test results through OmaMehiläinen. If, however, you want your patient records or images on paper, see more detailed instructions here.

How can I check that the payment commitment request has been sent to my insurance company?

You can check directly with your insurance company or with the professional who has promised to send the request to the insurance company. If your appointment was less than 60 days ago, you can leave a call request to the professional in the OmaMehiläinen service   or online . You can also leave a call request by contacting our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in our chat service .

Locations, Contact information & Doctors

Where is the nearest Mehiläinen clinic?

On our website, you can view information about all of the Mehiläinen clinics . If you need help finding your nearest clinic, you can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service  . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where can I find Mehiläinen’s service numbers?

You can find Mehiläinen’s service numbers on our website.

Where can I find Mehiläinen’s contact information?

You can find Mehiläinen’s contact information on our website.

How can I contact a doctor if I have a question about my treatment? Does it cost something?

You can submit a call request to the doctor. If your appointment was less than 60 days ago, you can leave a call request to the doctor in the OmaMehiläinen service   or online  . You can also leave a call request by contacting our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in our chat service.  Depending on the situation, the doctor may charge a fee for this service.

Does my local clinic offer the vaccine I want?

You can book an appointment for the most common vaccines (influenza, hepatitis A, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, diphtheria, tick-borne encephalitis, pneumococcus and TBE) directly in Mehiläinen’s booking system . If you cannot find a suitable appointment, you can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service .

Where can I find Mehiläinen’s acute care services and acute care policy?

You can find information about Mehiläinen's acute care and the related policy on our website.

Which clinic should I contact for the fast access to an appointment?

Our online booking system  shows available appointments per city and clinic. If there are no available appointments for the desired date with your search criteria, the system will suggest the next available appointments at the nearest clinic.

You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system  . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where can I give feedback?

You can give us feedback through the feedback form on our website.

If you want to submit an objection pursuant to Section 10 of the Finnish Act on the Status and Rights of Patients to the director responsible for health care in the health care unit in question, you can directly contact the clinic's patient ombudsman or the physician responsible for your care. You can find the information of professionals responsible for care on the clinic pages in the clinic search .

My information

Where can I see my information?

You can access your information by logging in to the OmaMehiläinen service  or by using the OmaMehiläinen app. You can view your previous and upcoming appointments, open referrals, test results and prescriptions.

Will the details of my appointment at Mehiläinen be shown in My Kanta?

All patient data are stored in Mehiläinen’s patient information system and in the Patient Data Repository which is part of the national health archive, i.e. Kanta services. Visit My Kanta to give your consent, and your information from appointments in both public and private health care will be displayed in My Kanta.

Appointments

What type of specialist should I consult for my ailment?

You can browse specialists on our website   and filter your search results by specialty and area. If you have any questions, you can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system  . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Which clinic should I contact for the fast access to an appointment?

Our online booking system   shows available appointments per city and clinic. If there are no available appointments for the desired date with your search criteria, the system will suggest the next available appointments at the nearest clinic.

You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system  . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How do I cancel my appointment?

You can easily cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance in the OmaMehiläinen service . If you have booked your appointment online, use the cancellation link in the e-mail confirmation to cancel the appointment.

You can also cancel your appointment by calling our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or our service number 020 33 4400 (Mon–Sun from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Dental appointments can be booked or cancelled by calling 010 273 8000 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) (open 24/7). Our customer service chat   is also available.

We reserve the right to charge a fee for services cancelled later than 24 hours before the appointment or not cancelled at all.

When is the next available appointment?

You can see our available appointments in our online booking system . On the page, select a person or service, your city or region and the desired date, and the page will display the available appointments. Occupational health customers can log in to the occupational health booking system by selecting “Occupational health” at the top of the page and filling in the required information.

Not all appointments can be booked online. You can also ask about available appointments by contacting Mehiläinen's customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or in our chat service. 

Where do I book an appointment?

Appointments can be booked in our online booking system  . Select a person or service, your city or region and the desired date, and the page will display the available appointments. Occupational health customers can log in to the occupational health booking system by selecting “Occupational health” at the top of the page and filling in the required information. Not all appointments can be booked online. You can also ask about available appointments by contacting our customer service. The general number for booking appointments is 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) and the number for booking occupational health appointments is 010 414 0666 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) (open 24/7).

How long an appointment should I book?

You can book a longer appointment if you have been instructed to do so. If you are booking an appointment for a health examination with an occupational health nurse, log in to the booking page by following the “Occupational health” link at the top of the online booking system .

Select your occupational health nurse and the instructed duration in the “Vastaanotto/Terveystarkastus” (‘Appointment/Health Check’) section. If you need a longer appointment with a nurse, please contact our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7).

How do I book a double appointment?

If you need to book a longer appointment, you can book two back-to-back appointments, if you have been instructed to do so. If you are booking an appointment for a health examination with an occupational health nurse, log in to the booking page by following the “Occupational health” link at the top of the online booking system .

Select your occupational health nurse and the instructed duration in the “Vastaanotto/Terveystarkastus” (‘Appointment/Health Check’) section. If you need a longer appointment with a nurse, please contact our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or in the chat service of our online booking system .

Can I arrive at the clinic without an appointment?

That depends on the nature of your ailment. Some Mehiläinen clinics offer acute care services that can be used without making an appointment. You can check if a specific clinic offers such services by going to the online booking service   and typing “Acute care” or “Acute care, injuries” in the “Person or Service” field and the desired clinic in the “Clinic or Region” field. You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system .

How do I book an appointment for someone who doesn’t have a Finnish social security number?

If you do not have a Finnish personal identity code or the system does not recognise the information you filled in, please contact our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or via the chat service in the online booking system .

What should I do if there is a problem with the online booking system?

You can try updating or changing your browser. However, if the problem persists, you can send us feedback or contact our customer service (010 414 00 (0,084 €/min), open 24/7) or our chat service . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Do I need to sign up somewhere before my appointment, test or procedure?

You can sign up in the OmaMehiläinen app, at the clinic’s service desk or by scanning your Kela card at a self-service registration kiosk. If this is your first visit to Mehiläinen, please sign up at our service desk. You will be given a form concerning the shared use of patient registers, which you can fill in while waiting.

Why doesn’t the booking system accept my personal identity code even though I entered it correctly?

Please enter your personal identity code in the format DDMMYYCNNNT (DD: day of birth, MM: month of birth, YY: last two digits of the year of birth, C: identifier for the century (born in the 1900s (-), born in the 2000s (A)), NNN: personal identifier and T: check character). Please check that there are no typos in the name. If you have not used Mehiläinen’s services before, do not have a Finnish personal identity code or the system does not recognise the information you filled in, please contact our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or via our chat service .

I don’t have a valid e-mail address. How can I book an appointment online?

If you do not have a valid e-mail address, you can book an appointment by contacting our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service .

I can’t find a suitable appointment. What should I do?

If you cannot find a suitable appointment, you can always contact our customer service for advice. We will always try to find the best solution for you in your situation. You can contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service .

I didn't receive a message confirming my appointment. Where can I check the date and time of my appointment?

You can view your appointments by logging in to the OmaMehiläinen service   or by using the OmaMehiläinen app. You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in our chat service .

Tests

What type of specialist should I consult for my ailment?

You can browse specialists on our website   and filter your search results by specialty and area.

If you have any questions, you can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system .

You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Which clinic should I contact for the fast access to an appointment?

Our online booking system  shows available appointments per city and clinic. If there are no available appointments for the desired date with your search criteria, the system will suggest the next available appointments at the nearest clinic.

You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system  . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How do I cancel my appointment?

You can easily cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance in the OmaMehiläinen service . If you have booked your appointment online, use the cancellation link in the e-mail confirmation to cancel the appointment.

You can also cancel your appointment by calling our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or our service number 020 33 4400 (Mon–Sun from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Dental appointments can be booked or cancelled by calling 010 273 8000 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) (open 24/7). Our customer service chat  is also available.

We reserve the right to charge a fee for services cancelled later than 24 hours before the appointment or not cancelled at all.

When is the next available appointment?

You can see our available appointments in our online booking system . On the page, select a person or service, your city or region and the desired date, and the page will display the available appointments. Occupational health customers can log in to the occupational health booking system by selecting “Occupational health” at the top of the page and filling in the required information.

Not all appointments can be booked online. You can also ask about available appointments by contacting Mehiläinen's customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or in our chat service. 

Where do I book an appointment for a test?

Some tests can be booked in our online booking system . Check the name of the test in your referral and enter it in the “Service” field. Select the city or region to see available appointments. Other tests can be booked by calling 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7).

How long an appointment should I book?

You can book a longer appointment if you have been instructed to do so. If you are booking an appointment for a health examination with an occupational health nurse, log in to the booking page by following the “Occupational health” link at the top of the online booking system . Select your occupational health nurse and the instructed duration in the “Vastaanotto/Terveystarkastus” (‘Appointment/Health Check’) section. If you need a longer appointment with a nurse, please contact our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7).

How do I book an appointment for someone who doesn’t have a Finnish social security number?

If you do not have a Finnish personal identity code or the system does not recognise the information you filled in, please contact our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or via the chat service in the online booking system .

What should I do if there is a problem with the online booking system?

You can try updating or changing your browser. However, if the problem persists, you can send us feedback or contact our customer service (010 414 00 (0,084 €/min), open 24/7) or our chat service  . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Do I need to sign up somewhere before my appointment, test or procedure?

You can sign up in the OmaMehiläinen app, at the clinic’s service desk or by scanning your Kela card at a self-service registration kiosk. If this is your first visit to Mehiläinen, please sign up at our service desk. You will be given a form concerning the shared use of patient registers, which you can fill in while waiting.

I didn't receive a message confirming my appointment. Where can I check the date and time of my appointment?

You can view your appointments by logging in to the OmaMehiläinen service   or by using the OmaMehiläinen app. You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in our chat service .

Procedures

Where do I book an appointment for a procedure?

Call our centralised number for procedure appointments at 010 414 0300 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) on weekdays (Mon–Thu from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Do I need to sign up somewhere before my appointment, test or procedure?

You can sign up in the OmaMehiläinen app, at the clinic’s service desk or by scanning your Kela card at a self-service registration kiosk. If this is your first visit to Mehiläinen, please sign up at our service desk. You will be given a form concerning the shared use of patient registers, which you can fill in while waiting.

Which clinic should I contact for the fast access to an appointment?

Our online booking system  shows available appointments per city and clinic. If there are no available appointments for the desired date with your search criteria, the system will suggest the next available appointments at the nearest clinic.

You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How do I book an appointment for a procedure, and how long an appointment should I book?

Appointments for procedures are booked through our customer service or the clinic. Ask about available appointments by calling us at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7).

Can I book a procedure through the online booking system?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to book appointments for procedures such as gastroscopic endoscopy, excision of nevus or other minor surgical procedures via the online booking system. Instead, please contact the clinic by phone on +358 10 414 0112 (exchange). The person taking your call will provide you with preparation instructions and reserve a sufficient amount of time for the procedure.

Why am I not allowed to eat or drink before the procedure?

Local and general anaesthesia involve the risk of the contents of the stomach entering the windpipe, which may cause problems. Your stomach must be empty when you arrive for the procedure in order to ensure your safety. Our hospital will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for the operation.

Why should I go to the dentist before joint replacement surgery?

Dental inflammations may have a significant impact on the outcome of joint replacement surgery. The only symptom of severe gingivitis might be bleeding when brushing your teeth but, in practice, it is the same as an open wound the size of the palm of your hand, through which bacteria can enter your circulatory system. If your teeth are in good condition, they do not pose any risks regarding the outcome of the operation. Dental inflammations may also prevent other operations from being performed. Remember to check this at the doctor’s appointment.

I am afraid of the operation, what can be done?

The most important thing is to tell the nurses and doctors that you are afraid. You should also tell them how you want your fear to be managed. Some feel reassured by details, while others do not want to hear anything that is not relevant. The medical staff must be able to discuss certain things with you, but you can spend most of the time in the operating room while listening to music on headphones, for instance.

It is possible to administer a sedative in a procedure that involves anaesthesia so that you can doze off or sleep. An arrangement can be made that you will arrive at the hospital a little earlier in order to be administered the sedative in advance.

Remaining awake during surgery is extremely rare in modern medicine. Your consciousness during surgery is monitored at Mehiläinen with an anaesthesia depth monitor and other devices. The monitors allow for controlling the depth of anaesthesia, making it impossible to remain awake during the surgery.

Read more: Treatment path at Mehiläinen’s hospitals

Why will the procedure be postponed if I have a fever, cold or another illness?

In the case of non-urgent procedures, the procedure should always be re-scheduled if you have a cold, fever or a similar respiratory tract infection. Healthy people have the best ability to recover from surgery. Local and general anaesthesia may make the symptoms of cold worse, for example, by increasing coughing or prolonging the condition. Surgical wounds also heal better and faster if you are healthy.

Why is it important that my skin is intact during surgery?

Any scratches, wounds, pimples or rash on the skin increase the risk of the surgical wound becoming infected. The hair on the area to be operated should not be removed, as this may cause cuts and increase the risk of infection. If there are scratches, a rash or redness on the area to be operated, you should contact the hospital urgently.

How soon after the surgery can I eat?

If the procedure involves general anaesthesia, you can drink and eat when you feel that you have recovered and you do not experience nausea. On the day of the procedure, your fluid balance will be maintained intravenously and you will be given medication for the pain. Certain strong painkillers can cause nausea. Consequently, you should start drinking and eating later on and not immediately after waking up.

How soon after the procedure can I be discharged?

The rate of recovery after a procedure varies greatly between individuals. After general anaesthesia, you may feel drowsy and tired and your throat may feel sore. Any areas where a local anaesthetic has been administered may feel numb and its motility may be reduced after anaesthesia. However, your condition will continue to improve and you will recover surprisingly quickly. The recovery time is proportional to the duration and extent of the procedure.

In order to be discharged, the following criteria must be met, among others:

  • you do not experience intense pain or nausea
  • you can drink or eat
  • you can urinate normally
  • you have an adult to escort you on your way home and accompany you for the next 24 hours
  • you have been given home care instructions orally and in writing
Why do I need an escort on my way home? Why do I need to be accompanied by an adult in the evening and night after the procedure?

Your functional capacity may be reduced after local or general anaesthesia. Surgical patients often need help in normal activities after being discharged.

In order to perform an ambulatory surgery, you must have someone to accompany you at home. Otherwise, you must spend the night in the hospital.

Occupational health

How do I cancel my appointment?

You can easily cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance in the OmaMehiläinen service  . If you have booked your appointment online, use the cancellation link in the e-mail confirmation to cancel the appointment.

You can also cancel your appointment by calling our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or our service number 020 33 4400 (Mon–Sun from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Dental appointments can be booked or cancelled by calling 010 273 8000 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) (open 24/7). Our customer service chat  is also available.

We reserve the right to charge a fee for services cancelled later than 24 hours before the appointment or not cancelled at all.

When is the next available appointment?

You can see our available appointments in our online booking system  . On the page, select a person or service, your city or region and the desired date, and the page will display the available appointments. Occupational health customers can log in to the occupational health booking system by selecting “Occupational health” at the top of the page and filling in the required information.

Not all appointments can be booked online. You can also ask about available appointments by contacting Mehiläinen's customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or in our chat service.  

How to book an occupational health examination?

You can book a health examination by logging in to the online booking system   of occupational healthcare; go to “Occupational health” at the top of the page and fill in the required information. The booking system will suggest appointments with your occupational health nurse. You can see the durations of health examination by clicking on the drop-down menu “Vastaanotto” (‘Appointment’) above the appointments and selecting the instructed duration.

You can also contact our customer service for available appointments by calling 010 414 0666 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service of our online booking system .

I’m a supervisor. Where can I find a payment commitment form for an employee's appointment?

You can find the payment commitment form on our website.

Where can I find the patient information form for my health examination?

You can find the patient information form for your health examination on our website.

What is included in my occupational health agreement?

Contact our customer service, your occupational health nurse or your employer for more information on the content of your occupational health agreement. You can contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in our chat service .

Why doesn’t the booking system for occupational health services recognise my personal identity code?

If the login fails and the system does not recognise you as an occupational health customer, please contact your employer. You can also contact our customer service at 010 414 0666 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) (open 24/7) or send us a message in our chat service .

What should I do if there is a problem with the online booking system?

You can try updating or changing your browser. However, if the problem persists, you can send us feedback or contact our customer service (010 414 00 (0,084 €/min), open 24/7) or our chat service . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where can I log in to the booking system for occupational health services?

You can log in and book an occupational health appointment in our online booking system . Click the “Occupational health” link at the top of the page and enter your information. If you are unable to log in and the system does not recognise you as an occupational health customer, please contact your employer. You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service .

I didn't receive a message confirming my appointment. Where can I check the date and time of my appointment?

You can view your appointments by logging in to the OmaMehiläinen service   or by using the OmaMehiläinen app. You can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in our chat service .

In the occupational-health-related appointments, what does the orange ‘Be prepared to pay for the visit yourself’ button mean?

Your employer has specified which services are covered by your occupational health care agreement. The booking button is displayed in orange with the text ‘Be prepared to pay for the visit yourself’ if the service you have selected in the online booking system is not included in the occupational health care agreement or if the system cannot reliably determine whether the service is included in the agreement. If the service booked is not included in the agreement, you will have to pay for the costs yourself.

If you need to verify this, you can check with your employer or call Mehiläinen’s occupational health service number, +359 10 414 0666.

How long an appointment should I book?

You can book a longer appointment if you have been instructed to do so. If you are booking an appointment for a health examination with an occupational health nurse, log in to the booking page by following the “Occupational health” link at the top of the online booking system . Select your occupational health nurse and the instructed duration in the “Vastaanotto/Terveystarkastus” (‘Appointment/Health Check’) section. If you need a longer appointment with a nurse, please contact our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7).

How do I book a double appointment?

If you need to book a longer appointment, you can book two back-to-back appointments, if you have been instructed to do so. If you are booking an appointment for a health examination with an occupational health nurse, log in to the booking page by following the “Occupational health” link at the top of the online booking system  . Select your occupational health nurse and the instructed duration in the “Vastaanotto/Terveystarkastus” (‘Appointment/Health Check’) section.

If you need a longer appointment with a nurse, please contact our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or in the chat service of our online booking system  

Prices & payments

How much does an appointment cost?

The price of an appointment consists of the physician’s fee, any tests and referrals and the outpatient fee. See our general price lists. You can also ask about the prices by contacting our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in our chat service . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where can I see the prices of a specific professional?

You can find the professional’s prices by searching for the doctor by name or in the online booking system   by finding an available appointment and clicking on the doctor's name. For more information, please see our price list. You can also ask about our prices by contacting our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in our chat service . You can also contact the healthcare professionals in our customer service via WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter. We are online on social media every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The prices of the most common dental treatments can be found in the dental care price list. The dentist will tell you the price of your entire treatment period during your dental check-up.

What are the payment methods accepted at Mehiläinen?

If you pay for your visit personally, you can use cash, debit and credit cards as a means of payment at Mehiläinen. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa Electron. Learn more about our payment policy.

How should I proceed if I am paying for my appointment with a service voucher or under a guarantee of payment?

Below the appointment-booking calendar, select the provider of the service voucher or the payment guarantee from the drop-down menu in the ‘Additional search criteria’ field. The online booking system takes your selections into account and suggests services that can be paid for with the selected method of payment.

I have a question about an invoice I received. What should I do?

Private customers can contact us about invoices by calling 010 414 0505 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) (Mon–Fri from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or by sending an e-mail to laskutus.info@mehilainen.fi.

Corporate customers can contact us about invoices by calling the occupational healthcare invoicing number 010 414 4244 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or by sending an e-mail to laskutus.tyoterveys@mehilainen.fi

In complaints related to insurance billing, please call 010 414 4545 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) or send an e-mail to vakuutus.laskutus@mehilainen.fi.

How much does a call to service number cost?

You can see the prices of service numbers on our website.

Referrals

How can I renew my laboratory referral?

We recommend renewing your referral by contacting the doctor responsible for your care, but you can also make an appointment with another professional or contact a doctor via the Digital Clinic.

How long will my referral be valid?

Referrals to laboratory tests, X-rays and physiotherapy are valid for one year. Occupational health referrals to specialists and occupational physiotherapists are valid for three months.

Where can I see my open referrals?

You can find your open referrals by logging in to the OmaMehiläinen service   or by using the OmaMehiläinen app.

Laboratory

Do I need to avoid eating before a laboratory test?

Unless otherwise agreed with your doctor, you can eat a light meal and drink a little and take any medicines you may need before sampling. If necessary, you can check here for tests that require fasting.

Can I visit the laboratory first for a sample and only then book an appointment with a doctor?

If you pay for the test personally, you may not need a referral from your doctor. Please note, however, that without a referral, you will not receive Kela compensation and insurance companies will not reimburse you for the expenses. When arriving at the laboratory, make sure you are able to tell the laboratorians which tests you want taken.

Where can I see my test results?

Some test results can be viewed in the OmaMehiläinen service  . We recommend contacting the professional who gave you the referral by leaving a call request   or making an appointment   so that the professional can explain your results.

How can I renew my laboratory referral?

We recommend renewing your referral by contacting the doctor responsible for your care, but you can also make an appointment with another professional or contact a doctor via the Digital Clinic.

Online booking

Type of customer

From the main page of the online booking system, select either ‘Private customer’ or ‘Occupational-health’, as appropriate. By default, the service offers appointments with a general practitioner for private customers for the same day. The service also bases its appointment suggestions on your location, which is determined automatically. For occupational health customers, the service offers appointments with the designated occupational health nurse at the designated main clinic by default.

Bookings

Enter the name of the health-care professional or the desired service (speciality) directly in the predictive ‘Person or service’ search field. If you click ‘Change’, you can also select the service from a drop-down menu. Refine the search by entering the area, city or clinic in the ‘Clinic or region’ field. Select a suitable date from the calendar. If appointments meeting your other search criteria are available, the date will be displayed in green.

How do I cancel my appointment?

You can easily cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance in the OmaMehiläinen service  . If you have booked your appointment online, use the cancellation link in the e-mail confirmation to cancel the appointment.

You can also cancel your appointment by calling our customer service at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or our service number 020 33 4400 (Mon–Sun from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Dental appointments can be booked or cancelled by calling 010 273 8000 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min) (open 24/7).

Our customer service chat   is also available. We reserve the right to charge a fee for services cancelled later than 24 hours before the appointment or not cancelled at all.

Refining your search criteria

If desired, click ‘Additional search criteria’ to refine your search.

Confirming an appointment

Click ‘Select’ to select a suitable appointment. Complete the requested payment and contact details and click ‘Confirm appointment’. You will receive a confirmation of your appointment by e-mail. If desired, you can also request an SMS confirmation to your mobile phone. Should you not receive a confirmation, please contact our customer-service staff by telephone on 010 41400 (0,084 €/min). (Lines are open every day from 7am to 8pm.) Your appointment details are also available in the OmaMehiläinen service at www.omamehilainen.fi  or in our iPhone mobile application, available for download in the App Store.

Why did I not receive confirmation of my appointment by e-mail?

When confirming your appointment, please make sure that the e-mail address you provided is correct. The confirmation e-mail will be sent to the address you provide when booking an appointment. If the address is correct, please check your junk mail folder and any other mailboxes (such as that for promotions). If the appointment confirmation has been placed in junk mail or another mailbox, we recommend specifying Mehiläinen as a trusted sender.

Can I book several appointments through the online booking system? How?

You can book no more than 10 appointments. After making an appointment, you can start making another appointment by clicking the ‘Make an appointment for the same patient’ button. If you want to make an appointment for a family member, for example, select ‘Make an appointment for another patient’.

Can I book an appointment for another person?

You can book an appointment for another person, such as a child of yours or another family member. Don’t forget to provide the name and identity code of the person for whom you are booking an appointment in the appointment details.

How can I make an appointment online?

Our online booking system is available at https://ajanvaraus.mehilainen.fi . You can also access the online booking system by clicking ‘Book an appointment’ or ‘Online booking’ on the home page at https://www.mehilainen.fi/en. You can also book an appointment through the OmaMehiläinen service at www.omamehilainen.fi  or through our iPhone mobile application, available for download in the App Store.

In the occupational-health-related appointments, what does the orange ‘Be prepared to pay for the visit yourself’ button mean?

Your employer has specified which services are covered by your occupational health care agreement. The booking button is displayed in orange with the text ‘Be prepared to pay for the visit yourself’ if the service you have selected in the online booking system is not included in the occupational health care agreement or if the system cannot reliably determine whether the service is included in the agreement. If the service booked is not included in the agreement, you will have to pay for the costs yourself. If you need to verify this, you can check with your employer or call Mehiläinen’s occupational health service number, 010 414 0666 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min).

How should I proceed if I wish to be served in a language other than Finnish?

After clicking ‘Additional search criteria’, you can select the health-care professional’s language skills from a drop-down menu. The online booking system will then show the appointments available with people who possess the language skills you have selected.

Does the system also work on mobile phones or tablets?

The service’s interface adapts to the display size of the terminal you are using, so the service should be pleasant to use even with a smartphone or a tablet. The online booking system is available at https://ajanvaraus.mehilainen.fi . It can also be accessed through the home page at https://www.mehilainen.fi/en. For convenience, you can save the address of the service in the favourites or bookmarks of your mobile device or tablet. Download the OmaMehiläinen mobile application from the App Store to your iPhone, and booking appointments with familiar health-care professionals will be even easier.

The customer rating and recommendation received by a physician

Adjacent to the photograph of the physician, a customer rating, such as a 9.1/10, is shown for the physician. The customer rating is the average value of the ratings the physician has received during the Net Promoter Score (NPS) survey, and this average is then compared to the best possible average of 10. The rating is shown, if a minimum number of survey responses has been received. The quotations are recommendations that our customers have provided for the physicians.

More information on the NPS survey

Influenza vaccine

What influenza vaccines are available from Mehiläinen?

In the influenza season 2020–2021, Mehiläinen uses the Fluarix Tetra vaccine. Fluarix Tetra is a quadrivalent influenza vaccine that provides protection against both types A and B of the influenza virus. The vaccine is suitable for everyone aged 6 months or above. Fluarix Tetra is given as an injection.

In addition, children and young people aged 2–17 can also be administered Fluenz Tetra, another quadrivalent influenza vaccine, as a nasal spray. The viruses the vaccines protect against have been selected on the basis of the WHO’s recommendations.

Learn more: Influenza vaccine

What influenza strains does the vaccine provide protection against?

The quadrivalent influenza vaccine used at Mehiläinen protects against both influenza A virus strains and both influenza B strains.

When is the ideal time to get vaccinated so that I can get sufficient protection?

We recommend getting vaccinated in the autumn, before the start of the influenza season. It takes about two weeks for the immunity to develop, during which the protection against the illness will not be complete. You can also get vaccinated after the epidemic has already begun, but there is a risk of contracting influenza before the antibodies have fully developed.

How long does the protection provided by the vaccine last?

You must have a new seasonal influenza vaccine every year as the influenza viruses in circulation mutate and change from year to year.

Who should get vaccinated against influenza?

High-risk groups for influenza and everyone whose immediate circle involves a person at a risk of contracting severe influenza are recommended to get vaccinated against influenza.

High-risk groups for influenza:

  • people aged over 65
  • young children
  • pregnant women
  • anyone with a cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lung disease, liver disease or kidney disease, despite their age
  • patients with a weak immune system due to an illness or treatment.

Can I get vaccinated if I have a cold or another similar symptom of rhinitis?

The vaccine cannot be administered if you have a high fever or an infection that is causing a fever and it must be postponed until you feel better.

Can a disease prevent me from getting vaccinated?

The presence of the following diseases should be considered when getting vaccinated:

  • Childhood asthma: if the vaccine is administered nasally, it must be postponed if the child’s asthma is poorly controlled or if the child has a respiratory tract infection that involves wheezing.
  • Fever: the vaccine cannot be administered you have a high fever or an infection that is causing a fever and it must be postponed until you feel better.
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS): In the event of a recent onset of GBS, you should discuss with your attending doctor about getting vaccinated against influenza.

Nasally administered vaccines cannot be given to:

  • people with severely weakened immune system due to a disease or its treatment or
  • children undergoing salicylate treatment.

The vaccine cannot be administered if you have had a severe, immediate allergic reaction, i.e. anaphylaxis, to an influenza vaccine.

Can I get vaccinated against influenza if I am pregnant?

An influenza vaccine can be administered as an injection at any stage of pregnancy. Vaccines administered nasally are not recommended at all during pregnancy.

Can I contract influenza even if I have been vaccinated?

It is possible to contract influenza even if you have been vaccinated. The influenza vaccine does not provide complete protection against influenza or prevent you from spreading it while you are asymptomatic, but it is the best form of protection against the disease. If you contract influenza when you are vaccinated, you will most likely experience only mild symptoms and recover more quickly than without the vaccine. You should also get vaccinated if you want protection against the sequelae of influenza, such as otitis or bronchitis in children and pneumonia in people of all ages.

What are the possible adverse or side effects of influenza vaccines?

The adverse effects of influenza vaccines are rare and occur in only a small proportion of vaccinated individuals:

  • A vaccine administered nasally can cause a rhinitis and a stuffy nose.
  • Injected vaccines can cause redness and tenderness on the area of the injection.
  • In some cases, it is possible to experience muscle and joint pain, headache or a fever. The symptoms will subside in a couple of days. These symptoms can be treated with an antipyretic or a painkiller.

Serious adverse effects, such as severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) occur very rarely.

You may experience mild symptoms of a cold after getting vaccinated. These are normal and will subside spontaneously in a short time. Please note that these short term reactions to the vaccine are not a reason for getting tested for COVID-19. If the symptoms last longer than 24 hours after the vaccination and/or if you clearly feel that you are ill or have a high fever or symptoms of a respiratory tract infection, you must contact a health care service provider in order to assess the possibility of a COVID-19 infection.

Can I get vaccinated against influenza if I have had COVID-19?

According to current knowledge, a previous COVID-19 infection does not cause any more significant delay or obstacle for getting vaccinated than other diseases. Please note that you cannot get vaccinated if you are ill.

Does the influenza vaccine provide protection against COVID-19?

The influenza vaccine does not protect against COVID-19.

A member of my family has been exposed to COVID-19, can I get vaccinated against influenza?

If a family member has been exposed to COVID-19, other members of the family can get vaccinated against influenza if they do not have any symptoms/feel well.

Health Care Agreement

More information about the Health Care Agreement, terms and conditions.
  • The agreement is valid until further notice.
  • Invoicing of monthly payments: first 3 months in advance and then once a month afterwards.
  • The incurred outpatient fees are invoiced once a month.
  • You can also request an electronic invoice from your bank.
  • You can terminate the agreement at the end of the current invoicing period. Information about the termination must be received by Mehiläinen by the final day of the invoicing period.
  • Individuals whose occupational health care services are provided by Mehiläinen cannot enter into a Health Care Agreement.
  • Read the terms and conditions.
Medical clinics where the Health Care Agreement is available.
Health Care Agreement as a gift.

When you buy the Health Care Agreement as a gift, you pay the monthly fees for the service at the same time for the period you have chosen (3 months, 6 months or 12 months). The recipient of the gift must pay the outpatient fees incurred by appointments with the general practitioner (EUR 23.60 per appointment).

How do I terminate Health Care Agreement?

The agreement expires at the end of the current invoicing period if the termination has been notified to Mehiläinen Oy by the last day of the current invoicing period at the latest.

The notice of termination can be sent by e-mail to terveyssopimus@mehilainen.fi or by mail with a form  to: Mehiläinen asiakaspalvelukeskus/Terveyssopimustiimi, Yliopistonkatu 14a, 4. krs, 20100 Turku.

Can I change my personal doctor or health coach?

You can change your personal doctor or health coach whenever you like. The services of personal doctors and health coaches are available from the clinics listed in the service. All personal doctors and health coaches can be found on our website. You do not need to inform Mehiläinen separately if you want to change your expert. All general practitioners and nurses of all clinics of Mehiläinen are available with the health care agreement.

How quickly can I get an appointment with my personal doctor?

The amount of appointments available varies between doctors as each doctor decides on these themselves. Check the online booking system  to see the appointments available. Appointments with most personal doctors included in the health care agreement can be scheduled very quickly, even on the same day or by the following day.

Which Mehiläinen clinics are available to me with the health care agreement?

A primary clinic located closest to your home, for example, is defined in the health care agreement. You can select your personal doctor and health coach from this clinic. You can also contact any Mehiläinen clinic anywhere in Finland in acute cases of illness, for example. The Digital Clinic doctors and nurses are available in the OmaMehiläinen service 24/7 wherever you have access to the internet.

Can I see a doctor first and then visit a health coach?

We recommend starting the services with an introduction by a health coach and a health examination, but you can also see a general practitioner first and then meet with a health coach.

I undergo certain laboratory tests every year, can they be included in the health care agreement?

The tests and examinations required to monitor your condition or treat a disease are always determined by a doctor or a nurse. The tests and examinations are included in the monthly fee of the health care agreement if they are considered necessary and a doctor or a nurse issues a referral for them. Therefore, we cannot promise in advance that a certain test or examination is included in the monthly fee with full certainty. However, it is likely that, if an expert that has treated you previously has considered a regular examination or test to be necessary, the Mehiläinen expert will come to the same conclusion.

Are the monthly fees invoiced every month?

The monthly fees are invoiced accordingly: the first three months are invoiced in advance after the agreement is signed and the subsequent months are invoiced afterwards on a monthly basis. The accumulated outpatient fees of appointments with general practitioners are invoiced afterwards on a monthly basis. The first invoice will be sent to you at the beginning of the month after the start of the agreement, including the monthly fees for two full months and the days of the first month during which the agreement has been valid. This invoice also includes the outpatient fees accumulated from appointments with general practitioners. The monthly fee and outpatient fees will be invoiced afterwards on a monthly basis from the second invoice onwards.

Will I be notified if the prices of the health care agreement change?

Any changes to outpatient fees will not be reported separately as the currently valid Mehiläinen price list is always applied. If we make changes to the monthly fees of the health care agreement, we will notify you at least one month in advance and the new prices will be valid from the beginning of the next invoicing period at the earliest. If you do not agree to the increase of the monthly fee, you have the right to terminate the agreement according to the termination terms and conditions.

Can I use the health care agreement if I live abroad and I am not entitled to Kela reimbursements?

If you have a Finnish personal identity code, you can make a Health Care Agreement. As the health care agreement includes fixed fees for health care services, they are not included in the Kela reimbursement scheme. Consequently, any Kela reimbursements lost due to living abroad do not affect the services accessed with the health care agreement. If you access any services not included in the health care agreement that may involve a Kela reimbursement, such as the services of specialists, you will not be entitled to the reimbursement and you will have to pay the service fee in its entirety.

Vaccinations

Does my local clinic offer the vaccine I want?

You can book an appointment for the most common vaccines (influenza, hepatitis A, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, diphtheria, tick-borne encephalitis, pneumococcus and TBE) directly in Mehiläinen’s booking system . If you cannot find a suitable appointment, you can also contact our customer service by phone at 010 414 00 (0,084 €/min) (open 24/7) or by sending us a message in the chat service  .

What are vaccines?

Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that can prevent communicable diseases and protect you from sequelae. A vaccine transmits a pathogen or a part of one to the body in a form that provides protection against the disease. Vaccines can be administered as an injection, nasal spray or orally.

Learn more: Vaccinations

Are the vaccines safe?

The vaccines meet strict safety criteria. Before a vaccine receives a marketing authorisation, it is studied on tens of thousands of volunteers and all adverse effects are recorded and the causal link between the vaccine and symptoms is assessed. Even in such extensive studies, it is possible that very rarely occurring adverse effects are not detected, which is why the safety of vaccines is monitored constantly.

As with all pharmaceutical substances, vaccines can also have side effects or, in rare cases, cause an allergic reaction. Vaccination may cause transient fever, for example, but only in extremely rare cases can vaccination cause permanent damage. Instead, vaccines have significant benefits. Minor adverse effects of vaccines can be dealt with by keeping in mind that the vaccine protects you from possibly life-threatening diseases.

Why are vaccinations important?

Vaccines protect both you and the people around you. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficiently large part of the population has been vaccinated and the communicable disease cannot spread. This also reduces the risk of unvaccinated people getting infected.

Everyone needs to be vaccinated against tetanus. It is a life-threatening disease that does not spread between people. Tetanus can occur when the clostridium tetani bacteria, commonly found in soil, enters the body through a wound or skin break.

Less common diseases are almost non-existent in Finland, are these vaccinations necessary?

Communicable diseases, such as measles, are contained in Finland thanks to herd immunity. If a sufficient amount of the population has been vaccinated, the disease cannot spread, protecting the unvaccinated. The proportion of vaccinated population required for herd immunity varies: at least 70% of the population has to be vaccinated against diphtheria, whereas the corresponding number for measles is 95%. If the vaccinations were stopped, herd immunity would disappear and the diseases would most likely start to spread.

Against which diseases should adults be vaccinated?

All adults must be protected against measles, rubella and mumps either with a MMR vaccine or by having the disease. Most people have received both of the required doses of the vaccine as a child.

A booster dose for the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccines given for children and young people is administered at the age of 25. Booster doses for diphtheria and tetanus are administered at the ages of 45 and 65 and every ten years thereafter.

According to the national vaccination programme, children aged under 7, pregnant women, people aged over 65 and other people in a high-risk due to their medical treatment should be vaccinated against influenza, but it benefits others as well.

A booster dose for the polio vaccine is recommended everyone travelling to or returning from a high-risk country. The national vaccination programme covers hepatitis A and B vaccines when the risk of hepatitis A or B infection is increased due to living conditions. Although the hepatitis vaccines for travellers, for example, are not included in the national programme, it is recommended to get vaccinated, especially if you are travelling to a high-risk country.

If you have not had varicella, you should get vaccinated against varicella, because the disease can be dangerous to adults and require hospital treatment. The TBE vaccine provides protection against tick-borne encephalitis, and you should get vaccinated if you plan to spend more than one week in a high-risk area and enjoy nature. Local recommendations can be checked here.

According to the Communicable Diseases Act, social welfare and health care personnel and students undergoing practical training that treat patients susceptible to the severe sequelae of communicable must be:

  • protected against measles and varicella by being vaccinated or having had the disease,
  • vaccinated against influenza and
  • vaccinated against pertussis if the employee regularly treats children under 1 year of age.

In addition, social welfare and health care employees need to be vaccinated against hepatitis B if their job involves a risk of exposure to blood.

How can I find out which vaccines have been administered to me and if they are still effective?

Vaccination information is traditionally entered on a paper vaccination or childhood health clinic card. If the card is missing, determining your vaccination history requires some effort. You can request your vaccination information from the health centres, medical clinics and school and student health clinics where you might have been vaccinated. The army also keeps records of vaccines administered during service. Information about recent vaccinations may be found in the My Kanta service .

Vaccines administered at Mehiläinen can be seen in OmaMehiläinen , as well as information about previous vaccinations an occupational health nurse has entered in Mehiläinen’s patient records.

Is it possible to get an overdose of the vaccine if an additional dose is unnecessarily administered?

Unlike with medications, it is impossible to get an overdose of a vaccine. You can get vaccinated again as a precaution if you are uncertain of your protection.

What to do if a vaccination series that involves several doses has not been completed?

The vaccinations can be continued from where they left off. A series that was left uncompleted does not need to be re-started and no additional doses are required. In other words, a booster dose can be administered later on.

What vaccines do I need for my trip?

The vaccines you require depend partly on your destination and the duration of the trip. Country-specific vaccination recommendations can be found in the THL’s health guide for travellers (in Finnish) .

Travellers should be protected against the same diseases with a vaccine as adults in general: tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella.

The most commonly required additional vaccines include hepatitis A and B vaccines. A polio booster vaccine is required if you are travelling to a country where polio is present. You should get vaccinated against influenza if you belong to a high-risk group. In addition, depending on your destination and the nature and duration of the trip, vaccines against yellow fever, cholera, typhoid fever, Japanese encephalitis, meningococcal diseases or tick-borne encephalitis might be necessary.

Learn more: Vaccinations for travellers

For how long is a vaccine studied before it can be used?

Vaccines that have been given marketing authorisation are, on average, studied for ten years. The majority of the studied vaccines are eliminated as the studies advance. Vaccines are traditionally studied in a laboratory for several years before clinical trials on volunteers and, finally, the actual target group before a marketing authorisation is applied for. The safety and effect of the vaccine is monitored even after the marketing authorisation is granted.

COVID-19 vaccines have been developed at an unprecedented rate and different research stages have been ongoing simultaneously to save time. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has reviewed the preliminary results of vaccines as they have become available instead of performing the review at the end of the study, as is normally commonplace. The review criteria is as strict as normally and the COVID-19 vaccines are reviewed with the same quality, safety and effectiveness criteria as other pharmaceutical substances.

What are the possible risks and side effects related to vaccines?

Severe adverse effects are extremely rare. The most common side effects include soreness, swelling and a warm sensation on the area of the injection.

Extensive studies have shown that there is no link between vaccines and autism, allergies or the onset of type 1 diabetes. Not getting vaccinated poses a greater risk, as you are more susceptible to severe forms of diseases.

Do the vaccines weaken my immunity?

Vaccines do not weaken your immunity. Instead, they strengthen it by preparing the body to deal with serious pathogens. Studies show evidence that vaccinated people have generally fewer infections than those who have not been vaccinated.

How come can you get sick even if you are vaccinated?

The efficacy of most vaccines included in the vaccination programme is more than 90%. Therefore, there are always those who do not develop full protection against the disease among those who have been vaccinated, making it possible to get sick even despite being vaccinated. The disease is usually much less severe in these cases, however.

Are there any situations in which I should not get vaccinated?

In very rare situations, the vaccine cannot be administered or the vaccination has to be postponed. Such situations include:

  • Infection that involves fever: the vaccine cannot be administered during an infection that involves fever, forcing the vaccination to be postponed.
  • Severe hypersensitivity: It is very rare to have a severe hypersensitivity to an ingredient of the vaccine, in which case the vaccination should be discussed with a doctor.
  • Certain diseases: Certain diseases, such as immune system disorders, can prevent you from being vaccinated.
Do I need to wait after having a disease before I can get vaccinated?

No. You should not get vaccinated if you have an acute infectious disease or, in particular, high fever.

Can I get vaccinated if I am pregnant?

Pregnant women can and sometimes need to be vaccinated. For example, influenza vaccines are recommended during pregnancy as pregnant women are a high-risk group for influenza. Some vaccines include weakened live pathogens, and as a precaution, such vaccines are generally not administered during pregnancy, although they are not known to cause any danger to pregnancy or the foetus.

Can I exercise normally after vaccination?

Yes, if your condition allows this. You may experience fatigue, fever or symptoms on the area of injection, such as a warm sensation after the vaccination. Putting the muscle where the injection was administered under physical stress should be carefully considered, as this may increase the symptoms on the area.

Should I get vaccinated against influenza every year?

The protection provided by the influenza vaccine lasts for a year, so you should get vaccinated every year. The vaccine’s protection wears off even more quickly in old people. The influenza vaccine is different every year as the influenza virus mutates in an attempt to bypass the body’s defence mechanisms. The virus strains believed to cause the next epidemic are used in manufacturing the vaccines.

Should I get vaccinated against TBE?

The TBE vaccine is necessary for people who spend a lot of time in nature or weeks or months in areas where tick-borne encephalitis is present. The vaccine protects against tick-borne encephalitis, not Lyme disease, and it does not prevent ticks from biting into your skin.

According to Finland’s national vaccination programme, all people aged three or more that live permanently or in a summer residence in certain parts of Finland, such as Åland, should get vaccinated against TBE. See all regions on THL’s website .

Coronavirus tests

How can I get a referral for a coronavirus test?

You need a referral in order to be tested for coronavirus infection. In the Digital Clinic service of OmaMehiläinen, a doctor will assess your symptoms and issue a referral for a coronavirus test, if necessary. You can also be issued with a referral at a remote appointment or by your occupational health nurse.

What to do when arriving for a coronavirus test

How can I access Digital Clinic on behalf of my underage child or another family member?

Create a family profile in OmaMehiläinen to access Digital Clinic on behalf of your underage child or another family member and browse their test and examination results. When accessing Digital Clinic on behalf of someone else, please remember to choose the right profile.

How to create a family account

Are coronavirus tests covered by insurance?

In most cases, your medical expense insurance or the insurance of your child will cover coronavirus tests when they are performed as a part of a treatment process or when a doctor has issued a referral to the test. Check your insurance terms and conditions or contact your insurance company to determine which services are covered by your insurance.

Read more about accessing our services with an insurance

What should I do when I am about to be tested for coronavirus infection?

If you have been issued with a referral for a coronavirus test, check which drive-in testing station or respiratory tract infection clinic laboratory is closest to you and visit the station or clinic for testing. Please note that a referral for a coronavirus test is always required. Learn more about the instructions of the testing site before visiting it. Further instructions will be provided at the testing site.

Find the drive-in testing station closest to you

What should I do if I have been issued with a referral to a Mehiläinen coronavirus test by a municipality/city?

If you have been issued with a referral to a Mehiläinen coronavirus test by a municipality/city, please note that most of our drive-in stations do not use an appointment booking system. Nevertheless, you should visit the testing site at the time indicated in the referral. Although sampling is performed at a Mehiläinen sampling site, the analysis of the sample is performed at a laboratory of a municipality/city according to their schedule.

How and when is the result available?

Test results are available in OmaMehiläinen within 1–2 days. Please wait for three days for the test result. Samples are analysed around the clock every day, which means that the result may be made available in the middle of the night. In order to access the test results of an underage child, you need to create a family account in OmaMehiläinen. The results of samples taken at Express testing stations are available in six hours on average. The results of the antigen tests are ready in about 30 minutes.

Please note that if you access a Mehiläinen sampling site and your referral was issued by a municipality/city, the analysis of the sample is performed at a laboratory of the municipality/city according to their schedule. You will be informed of a positive test result by phone. Please note that the results of analyses performed in laboratories other than Mehiläinen’s are not available in OmaMehiläinen but in the My Kanta service.

How can I get a certificate of a negative result?

If you need a certificate of the result of a coronavirus test in order to, for example, travel or for any other purpose, you must request it separately. You can pick up the certificate from a Mehiläinen medical clinic.

Detailed instructions

I am an occupational health care customer of Mehiläinen – can I be tested for coronavirus infection?

If the testing service is included in your occupational health agreement, you, as an occupational health customer, can be issued with a referral for a coronavirus test in Digital Clinic or at a remote appointment with a doctor/occupational health nurse. Act according to the instructions provided once you have been issued with a referral.

What is the difference between PCR and antigen tests?

A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test can be performed at any time, regardless of whether there are any symptoms or not. The test can also be performed before the onset of the disease. The PCR test is a more sensitive method of detecting the coronavirus than the antigen test. The results of the test are available approximately within 1–2 days.

An antigen test can be done if there are symptoms and it has been under five days since the onset of symptoms. The antigen test is not as sensitive as the PCR test, but it is faster than the PCR test, as its results are available in about 30 minutes from testing. The antigen test is ideal for situations where quick results are required and the symptoms have just begun.

If you receive a referral to a test from a health care professional, they will determine which method of testing is appropriate for you. You do not need to request a specific type of coronavirus test. Both tests are performed by taking a sample from the nasal cavity with a cotton swab.