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Vaccinations according to the vaccination program

In the list below, you can see which vaccines according to the national vaccination program should be received with the information you have provided. Reference: National Institute of Health and Welfare History of the vaccination program
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Tetanus or lockjaw is a serious illness caused by the toxin of the bacterium Clostridium tetani. The soil and animal intestines contain large amounts of the bacteria. E.g. animal bites and wounds contaminated by soil or sand can lead to Clostridium infection. 

Tetanus bacteria multiply in the wound and produce a neurotoxin that is transported into the central nervous system and can cause respiratory depression. The vaccination is included in the National Vaccination Programme: a basic vaccination series in childhood is followed by booster shots for working age adults with 20 year intervals, and with 10 year intervals for people over 65 years of age. Tetanus is not transmitted between persons, which is why there is no protection from herd immunity, and each individual must take care of their own vaccination safety ward off the disease. Having contracted tetanus once does not protect from a new infection either.

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Vaccinations are no longer needed?

Smallpox is the only disease that has been globally eradicated. Other diseases, such as measles, are a good example of the importance of maintaining vaccination coverage.

Vaccinations cause autism?

The study that linked the MMR vaccine with autism has been proved false. Vaccine safety is carefully monitored and the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.

Do vaccines contain dangerous amounts of toxins?

The quantities are much lower than what we take in from food and beverages and our living environment, in general.

Vaccinations are not necessary for nearby travel?

The most important vaccines for travellers are the same basic immunisations that are recommended to be kept up to date even in Finland. Even those travelling to nearby regions should get the Hepatitis A vaccine and the influenza vaccine. Tick-borne encephalitis is found in regions including the Swedish archipelago.

Vaccines should not be administered to pregnant women?

Many vaccines benefit the health of the mother as well as the child.

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