Vaccines advised to ALL Finland visitors

Vaccination
Course
Per Dose

Vaccines advised to SOME Finland visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for Finland

Finland is a country of immense natural beauty, with islands, forests, lakes and mountains. Here is where most visitors arrive in the country, and Helsinki’s friendliness and orderliness give tourists an excellent introduction to the Finnish way of life. Lapland, to the far North, is famous throughout the world as the home of Santa Claus, and the thriving tourist industry here invites fans of Santa to visit the reindeer and take in all the traditional attractions of the season.

Other popular tourist areas include Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, which is open during the annual Opera Festival and is said to be Finland’s most atmospheric castle. Take a ride on the Linnanmäki” wooden roller coaster in Helsinki, which is only held onto the track by gravity – one attraction for the true thrill-seekers! There are a number of popular music festivals held in Finland during the summer, including the world’s oldest tango festival, Tangomarkkinat, and a motorsport and rock festival, Vauhtiajot, both of which are held in Seinäjoki.

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If you’re heading to Finland in the hope of seeing the famously magical Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, your best chance is to go to Lapland. Here, the lights are visible approximately every second night between September and March. Elsewhere in Finland, they can only be seen on around 10-20 nights each year. Hope for a clear and starry night sky and take in this breathtaking sight!

Malaria and regions within country:

Malaria is not normally present in Finland.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British Embassy Helsinki
Itäinen Puistotie 17
00140 Helsinki
Finland

Email: info.helsinki@fco.gov.uk

Telephone: +358 (0) 9 2286 5100

Vaccine Information for Finland

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).

Additional Health Risks Information for Finland

Many visitors to Finland come to the country for the almost ethereal atmosphere of snow, ice and the famous Northern Lights. Finland is covered in snow and frost, with extremely low temperatures for a large part of the year, so pack accordingly! If you’re heading out to explore, particularly in remote areas, make sure you take sufficient clothing and safety equipment, and a means of summoning help if necessary. Finland is a popular destination for skiing, and you should ensure that your travel insurance covers you for this activity, and for repatriation if necessary in the event of an accident. Road quality in the country is good, but driving can be dangerous particularly in the winter months, so you should use winter tyres on your vehicle, and carry a shovel.

Visitors to Finland from other European countries should have a European Health Insurance Card, entitling you to state provided medical care in an emergency. This doesn’t cover routine treatment or ongoing care, so is not a replacement for other insurance.

The main risk to your health in Finland is from the extreme climate and low temperature. If you’re out walking, trekking or skiing, be aware of the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite, and seek help immediately if you or any member of your group begins to suffer. Tick-borne encephalitis is endemic in Finland; consult a travel health specialist to check if a course of the vaccine is needed.

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