A total of 280 000 doses of influenza vaccine, 17 000 more than last year, have been procured for 2016/2017.
You can have your flu vaccine at your GP’s or at public health institutes.
The composition of this year’s vaccine corresponds to WHO recommendations for this season:
- A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09 – similar strain (A/California/7/2009, NYMC X-181);
- A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) – similar strain (A/Hong Kong/4801/2014, NYMC X-263B);
- B/Brisbane/60/2008 – similar strain (B/Brisbane/60/2008, wild type).
Vaccination is recommended and free of charge for:
- persons aged 65 and over
- residents of care and chronic care homes (regardless of age, including children)
- patients with chronic diseases, especially diseases of the heart and lungs, including children, and those with impaired lung function and congenital abnormalities in particular
- adults and children with chronic diseases of metabolism, chronic kidney disease, hemoglobinopathies and immune system deficiency
- children and adolescents (6 months to 18 years) on long-term therapy with drugs containing acetylsalicylic acid
- close contacts (e.g. house contacts, including children, providers of home health care etc.) of persons who, despite recommendation, cannot have the flu vaccine (contraindication)
- residential care and chronic care home employees
- healthcare workers
- pregnant women