Over 900,000 Norwegians are over 65 years old. Today less than half are vaccinated against flu.
"With this text message from the public health minister, we hope that more elderly people will take the vaccine to protect themselves from serious influenza disease," says Karoline Bragstad, Department of Public Health.
The text message is as follows:
«Hi! Have you taken a flu vaccine? It is recommended everyone from 65 years old. Contact your doctor and read more www.fhi.no. Greetings State Council Åse Michaelsen»
For example, people who are listed as contact for older people may have received SMS even if they are not in the target group 65-80 years. Persons who do not have digital communication with the authorities will not receive SMS.
It is obvious to the individual if you follow the counsel of the minister and take a vaccine or not.
"For many healthy elderly, it may not be necessary to take a vaccine, but the flu may weaken health and depend on care long after the infection has passed. Therefore, it may be a good idea to take the vaccine on time before the season begins, winning Bragstad .
Where can you take a vaccine?
Persons in the risk groups for serious influenza disease are entitled to a reduced-priced vaccine. In addition to 65 years, this is a group of chronic diseases.
It is the responsibility of the municipality to organize a vaccination offer for the risk groups. In most municipalities, the vaccination is organized by having a doctor at your doctor. Some municipalities also have municipal vaccination days or other arrangements.
Check out the municipality where you have borne has posted information on influenza vaccination on their web pages.
It is not possible to book a vaccination at the Norwegian Public Health Institute.
Influenza vaccine is offered
The influenza vaccine usually yields 6 out of 10 vaccinated complete protection against influenza disease. Choosing the good protection you are, will vary by age, good health and the type of influenza virus that spreads in the population.
If you get flu despite vaccination, it is likely that your symptoms will become mild and last less than if you are not vaccinated. Vaccine reduces the risk of serious flu, hospitalization and death.
"For a quarter of a year, hundreds of millions of people are vaccinated against flu, so we know the vaccine so badly and know what he can do," said Bragstad.
It is very rare for seasonal influenza vaccine to cause serious side effects. Most side effects are mild and transient, such as swelling, redness or tenderness in the sternum. Up to 1 in 10 may have a light disorder 1-2 days after vaccination. This is not flu disease, but your immune system responds to the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain enough that can cause infection.