Friday 23.9.2022 klo 14:09

Illustrated people with hearts in their arms indicating vaccination

According to a study almost all (96 %) Finns consider vaccinations important for preventing serious diseases.

Monday 19.9.2022 klo 12:09

The new corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) causes primarily an acute respiratory infection that is spread as a droplet infection. The clinical picture may vary from almost asymptomatic to severe. Advanced age particularly combined with a basic illness increases the risk of a severe illness and death.

Monday 12.9.2022 klo 12:09

A new study shows that vaccination coverage could be strengthened with a digital vaccination card. 79 % of Finns believe that they would take better care of their vaccinations, if vaccination information was included in e.g. a digital vaccination card in the Omakanta service. Additionally over nine in ten people (91 %) would like to be reminded when it’s time to take a booster shot. 

Friday 2.9.2022 klo 9:09

The administration period of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine has been temporarily extended until the end of the 2022-2023 school year. The vaccination series can be started up until when the young person turns 18 years of age. The prolongation is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the pandemic all vaccinations may not have been administered according to the planned schedule, and the HPV vaccinations of young persons have lagged behind schedule.

Tuesday 14.6.2022 klo 9:06

The vaccination of children helps to prevent many diseases that were once common and are, at worst, life threatening. The youngest children are at the greatest risk of getting these diseases.

Finland started vaccinations in the early 1800s with vaccinations against smallpox, but the country continued to have a high rate of child mortality for a long time. 

Monday 6.6.2022 klo 13:06

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends the fourth corona vaccine dose for people aged 70-79 years who belong to a risk group. Risk groups include e.g. people with a severe cardiovascular or pulmonary disease or diabetes. Advanced age and background illnesses increase the risk of serious coronavirus disease, and so the recommendation enables gaining the maximum health benefit. 

Wednesday 27.4.2022 klo 9:04

An interview with Professor Seppo Ylä-Herttuala from the A. I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland.

Entirely novel vaccines, developed at record speed, have been employed to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic. The technology these vaccines are based on has however been investigated for over 20 years, and it has been successfully used in several patient studies in e.g. oncology.

Sunday 24.4.2022 klo 12:04

World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April (24 to 30 April) – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. 

Monday 11.4.2022 klo 9:04

The amount of TBE cases reported to the National Infectious Diseases Register of The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) rose significantly compared to previous years. In 2021 150 TBE cases were reported to the register, preceded by 69-91 cases/year during 2017-2020. The rise may be due to climate change, awareness of tick-borne diseases and the increase in domestic travel and outdoor activities.

Wednesday 16.3.2022 klo 10:03

The volume of pharmaceutical information has grown dramatically in recent decades. Just a few decades ago there was very little information available in writing and no digital information at all. Nowadays, it is possible to find information not only in books but also on the internet, where anyone can set up a website, and no one monitors the accuracy of the information.

Thursday 13.1.2022 klo 13:01

New things are easily seen as something to be afraid of. For example, why should the completely new RNA vaccine technology be used against COVID-19 when there are more traditional ways to produce vaccines that have been used for a long time?

Thursday 25.11.2021 klo 9:11

We often have reservations about things that are new and unknown to us. During the coronavirus pandemic, there have been misgivings about vaccines. For example, the media have asked whether mRNA vaccines can change our genetic code or have other serious health effects.  My attitude towards vaccines reflects my broad and varied experience as a researcher. My work has involved RNA for more than 20 years. I’m therefore very familiar with the technology and mechanism of action of mRNA vaccines. I also know that this technology is safe.

Tuesday 9.11.2021 klo 8:11

riskiryhmien maksuttomat influenssarokotukset aloitettu

Many municipalities will start vaccinating those in risk groups against influenza at the beginning of November. The influenza vaccination is free for those for whom influenza poses a considerable health risk, or who gain significant health benefits from the vaccination.

The following groups are entitled to a free influenza vaccine: 

Friday 22.10.2021 klo 13:10

Mika Rämet

In our guest blog at, Mika Rämet, Director of the Vaccine Research Centre, explains why being vaccinated is particularly important during the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday 21.6.2021 klo 18:06

Omakannan koronarokotustodistus

Finland’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate is now available in the My Kanta Pages service. The vaccination certificate contains information on the COVID-19 vaccinations received by the certificate holder and is available after receiving the first dose of vaccine. Initially, many people may have to wait a while before they are able to view their vaccination certificate.