Flu vaccination

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