Flu is caused by viruses. The flu can result in fever, headaches and a sore throat.
You will have an easier time with the flu if you get vaccinated. Many avoid getting ill altogether. If you do get the flu, you will often feel less ill.
The flu vaccination has been around for a long time and is used all over the world. Therefore, the vaccine is safe.
Get vaccinated if you risk getting seriously ill
Most people can handle the flu well and do not need to get the vaccination.
Some people are at risk of becoming seriously ill – for example, if they already have another health condition. These people should therefore get vaccinated every year. In this case, the vaccination is free of charge.
Get vaccinated if any of the following applies to you:
- You are 65 or older.
- You are more than sixteen weeks pregnant.
- You have a heart condition. Heart failure, for example.
- You have a lung disease. COPD or severe asthma, for example.
- You have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
- You have a disease or are receiving a treatment which significantly compromises your immune system.
- You have chronic kidney failure, making your kidneys function poorly.
- You have chronic liver failure, making your liver function poorly.
- You are obese.
- You have a neuromuscular disease that affects your breathing. A neuromuscular disease weakens the body's muscles and causes poorer function.
- You have multiple disabilities.
Ask your doctor if you are unsure
Do you have a disease, but are unsure whether you risk getting seriously ill from the flu? Ask your doctor.
Get vaccinated against the flu to protect someone else
In some cases you should get vaccinated to protect someone else.
In these cases, for example:
- You live with someone with a significantly compromised immune system.
- You are caring for someone with a significantly compromised immune system.
The vaccination will cost you SEK 150.
Get vaccinated at your health centre
You can get vaccinated at a local healthcare centre (vårdcentral) from 9 November.
At certain healthcare centres, you may need to make an appointment. Call your local healthcare centre to find out what applies there.
The vaccination is free of charge if you are at risk of becoming seriously ill.
Otherwise, the vaccination costs SEK 150 – for example, if you are getting vaccinated to protect somebody close to you.
If you are aged over 65 years
In certain cases, you can be vaccinated against influenza and COVID19 at the same time.
You must be aged over 65 years. Five months must also have passed since you received your second dose of the COVID19 vaccine. Otherwise, you will receive your third dose of the vaccine at another time.
It is up to you whether you wish to receive both vaccinations or just one of them.
Take the following with you when you attend the vaccination:
- A valid form of ID –g. a driver’s licence, ID card or passport.
- Your vaccination card. You were given the vaccination card when you received the first dose of the COVID19 vaccine.
Do you not have a vaccination card? If so, you can present a proof of vaccination instead.
Obtain proof of vaccination (covidbevis.se) The page is only available in Swedish.
There are a few questions about your health that you must answer before the vaccination. You must therefore complete a form that is known as a health declaration. You can complete the health declaration at your local healthcare centre. The health declaration is only available in Swedish.
Get vaccinated every year
Get vaccinated every year to protect yourself against the flu. The vaccination is only good for one year. The viruses causing influenza changes and can look completely different next year. Meaning that the previous vaccination will not help. That is why you need to get the vaccine each year. Otherwise, you are not protected from the flu.