Over 900,000 Norwegians are over 65. Today, less than half have been vaccinated against the flu.
"With this short message from the Minister for Public Health, we hope that more elderly people will take a vaccine to protect themselves from serious influenza," says Carolyn Bragstad, Director of Public Health.
An SMS message is as follows:
"Hello! Have you taken an influenza vaccine? Recommended for anyone aged 65 or over. Contact your doctor and read more www.fhi.no. Greeting State Council Åse Michaelsen»
For example, people who are referred to as older contacts may have received SMS, even if they are not in the target group of 65 to 80 years. People who do not have access to digital inbox will not receive SMS.
It is obvious to an individual that he will follow the minister's advice and make a vaccine or not.
"Many healthy elderly people may not need to use the vaccine, but flu can weaken their health and depend on health care for a long time after the infection last year. Therefore, it may be appropriate to take the vaccine before the start of the season, Bragstad wins.
Where can you take the vaccine?
People at risk in the case of severe influenza are entitled to a vaccine at a reduced price. In addition to the age of 65, this is a group of chronic diseases.
It is the responsibility of the municipality to organize a vaccination offer for risk groups. In most municipalities, vaccination is organized by the admission of a doctor to a doctor. Some municipalities also have municipal vaccination days or other measures.
Check that the municipality in which you are in the cage has posted information on the flu vaccine on its website.
Vaccination can not be booked at the National Institute of Health.
Offers flu vaccine
An influenza vaccine usually provides 6 out of 10 vaccinees for complete protection against influenza. The choice of the right protection will depend on age, good health and the type of influenza virus that spreads among the population.
If you get flu in spite of your vaccination, it may be that your symptoms will be less severe and less severe than if you have not been vaccinated. The vaccine reduces the risk of serious influenza, hospitalization and death.
"For centuries, hundreds of millions of people have been vaccinated against the flu, so we know that the vaccine is so bad and knows what it can do," Bragstad said.
It is very rare if the seasonal influenza vaccine causes serious side effects. Most of the side effects are mild and transient, such as swelling, redness or feeling heavy. Up to 1 in 10 patients may have a mild impairment within 1-2 days after vaccination. This is not a flu disease, but your immune system responds to the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain sufficient quantities that can cause infection.