The influenza vaccine is included in the National Immunisation Programme for children under 7 years of age, pregnant women, members of risk groups, people over 65 years of age, social and health care personnel participating in the immediate treatment and care of patients and customers, and people beginning either military service or voluntary military service.
Additionally, people close to persons at particular risk for severe influenza, people situated in long-term institutional circumstances, e.g. reception centers or prisons are entitled to free of charge vaccinations. Other people can take the vaccine at their own expense or it may be included in one's occupational health care. Influenza viruses change rapidly so the vaccination offers protection only one influenza season at a time.