High-dose influenza vaccine for people aged over 60

In addition to the influenza vaccine used in the national vaccination programme, people aged over 60 can also choose to have a high-dose influenza vaccine at Mehiläinen.

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The high-dose influenza vaccine was developed to provide better protection against influenza for elderly people who have a reduced immune response to ordinary vaccines. The high-dose influenza vaccine contains four times the amount of active ingredient used in the standard influenza vaccine, which means that the high-dose influenza vaccine is more effective against influenza and its complications.

What is a high-dose influenza vaccine?

The high-dose influenza vaccine is suitable for people aged 60 and over who have a reduced immune response to ordinary vaccines. It is an influenza vaccine that contains four times the amount of active ingredient used in the standard vaccine included in the national vaccination programme.

The high-dose influenza vaccine is not part of the national vaccination programme, and it must be paid for by the recipient. The vaccine is only available from private service providers.

When should I have an influenza vaccine?

Influenza vaccination is given every year regardless of which vaccine is used. Influenza vaccines are given in the autumn. The vaccines usually become available in October–November. It is advisable to have the influenza vaccine before the start of the influenza season, but it can also be had later, even during the influenza season.

You can get a high-dose vaccine even if you had a standard influenza vaccine in the previous autumn. You can get a high-dose influenza vaccine even if you have never had an influenza vaccine before. The high-dose influenza vaccine is generally suitable for anyone who is able to have the standard influenza vaccine.

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What does a high-dose influenza vaccine cost?

The high-dose influenza vaccine is not part of the national vaccination programme, and it must be paid for by the recipient.

The price of high-dose influenza vaccination is € 84,00.

The price includes the vaccine itself and the nurse’s fee. The outpatient fee and the Kanta fee will not be added to the price.

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Infectious Disease Specialist Veli-Jukka Anttila acted as the expert for this article.

Frequently asked questions about the high-dose influenza vaccine

What is a high-dose influenza vaccine?

The high-dose influenza vaccine was developed to provide better protection against influenza and its complications for elderly people who have a reduced immune response to ordinary vaccines. The high-dose influenza vaccine contains four times the amount of active ingredient used in the standard influenza vaccine.

The high-dose influenza vaccine is suitable for people aged 60 and over.

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How is a high-dose influenza vaccine different from a standard influenza vaccine?

The high-dose influenza vaccine is made the same way as the influenza vaccine used in the vaccination programme. The high-dose influenza vaccine is different from the vaccine included in the vaccination programme in that it contains four times the amount of active ingredient, i.e. the surface protein of the influenza virus.

The vaccine’s safety profile is similar to that of the vaccine included in the vaccination programme. Typical injection site reactions and general reactions after a vaccination are also seen after a high-dose vaccination. These side effects are usually mild to moderate in intensity and will go away on their own.

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Where can I get a high-dose influenza vaccine?

The vaccine is only available from private health care providers and vaccination buses. You can also get the high-dose influenza vaccine from a pharmacy with a prescription. In this case, you will need to book an appointment for injecting the vaccine.

Book an appointment for a high-dose influenza vaccination

How and where can I get vaccinated against influenza?

You can get a high-dose influenza vaccine from a private health care provider or a vaccination bus. In this case, you will need to pay for the vaccination yourself.

As part of the national vaccination programme, influenza vaccinations are given free of charge. You can find instructions on how to get vaccinated from your area’s health centre or its website.

Vaccination may also be beneficial for people other than those at risk. You can have the influenza vaccine if you want to protect yourself or an at-risk person close to you from influenza.

Influenza vaccination is also recommended for travellers on the basis of a risk assessment by a health care professional.
Influenza vaccination can also be part of an occupational health care agreement.

You can ask your doctor or nurse for more information on which influenza vaccine would be appropriate for you.

Book an appointment for a high-dose influenza vaccination