Every year, you are given an opportunity to get vaccinated against that year’s strains for the flu. If you are 65 years or older, or if you are pregnant, the flu vaccination is free of charge. The flue vaccination is also free for those who have an illness or other condition that carries with it a higher risk of becoming severely ill in the event you get infected.
The vaccination is recommended for certain persons
The vaccination against the flu is recommended for persons who belong to one or more of the categories listed below:
- You are 65 years or older.
- You have a heart disease.
- You have a lung disease, such as COPD or asthma.
- You have Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.
- You have severely impaired immunity due to an illness or treatment.
- You have chronic liver or kidney failure.
- You are very overweight.
- You have a neuromuscular illness that affects your breathing.
- You have multiple disabilities.
- You have passed the 16th week of pregnancy.
How the vaccination works
The strains of the flu vary from year to year. It is therefore important that you get vaccinated every autumn in order to get protection from the current flu strains.
The vaccine is safe and well-tested, and has been used for many years.
It takes up to 14 days before the vaccine provides protection. That’s why it’s most sensible to get vaccinated in the autumn before the flu picks up steam.