Immigrants

The vaccine protection of immigrants varies depending on where they come from. Some immigrants are entitled to free vaccinations under the National Immunisation Programme in Finland.
  • The vaccine protection of immigrants varies depending on where they come from. Some immigrants are entitled to free vaccinations under the National Immunisation Programme in Finland.
  • The vaccinations included in the National Immunisation Programme are provided to asylum-seeking children and expectant mothers, quota refugees, people who have been granted asylum and others who have migrated to Finland permanently, such as adopted children.
  • In exceptional circumstances, such as when there is a threat of an epidemic, vaccinations are also provided free of charge to other immigrants.
  • Immigrants may also need vaccinations that are not included in the National Immunisation Programme based on the diseases that are prevalent in their country of origin. These can include tuberculosis and Hepatitis B vaccinations, for example.
  • Immigrants do not always know what vaccinations they have previously received. If there is no information regarding an immigrant’s vaccination history, their immune protection is built from scratch using an expedited schedule.

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Page published 30.4.2018
Page edited 10.7.2018