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HPV vaccination coverage among girls exceeds 70 per cent

Friday 10.06.2016 klo 00:00

More than 70 per cent of girls born in 2002 have now received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine. According to a new report published by the national vaccination register, the HPV vaccination coverage now exceeds 70 per cent in Finland for the first time. 

Experts and the Ombudsman for Children call for the chickenpox vaccine to be included in the National Immunisation Programme

Tuesday 12.04.2016 klo 00:00

Practically everyone gets chickenpox. The clinical picture varies from mild symptoms to complicated and potentially life-threatening illness. Experts say the vaccine would eradicate chickenpox from Finland in a couple of years. The chickenpox vaccine has been used in parts of the world since the 1990s and it has proved to be safe for the subject.

The flu season is upon us, vaccinations still available

Wednesday 27.01.2016 klo 00:00

The influenza epidemic is underway throughout Finland. The samples taken from patients indicate that the types of viruses making the rounds are very similar to those in the vaccine (AH1N1pdm09, AH3N2 and the B virus), which means that the seasonal influenza vaccine provides good protection against infection.

Travellers are reminded of the measles outbreaks in Europe and the Americas

Tuesday 15.09.2015 klo 00:00

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be prevented by vaccination. It is still found in many EU countries where vaccination coverage is low. Outbreaks have been reported this year in several schools in Berlin, Germany.

In the United States, more than 100 people have contracted measles in several states by early February 2015. Cases have also been found in Canada and Mexico. The Philippines saw a major measles outbreak in 2014, caused by the same type as the virus found in California.

Increase in travel to Southern Europe by Finns in 2014

Friday 03.07.2015 klo 00:00

According to a study by Statistics Finland, Finns made 7.9 million overnight leisure trips abroad in 2014. Trips to southern Europe grew in popularity.

Estonia and Sweden are the most popular travel destinations for Finns. Trips to Spain, and the Canary Islands in particular, increased. Finns also travelled increasingly to Italy and Greece.