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Vaccinations for travellers

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

All tourists should make sure that their basic vaccinations are up to date. The basic vaccinations include a tetanus and diphtheria vaccination; a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination; and a polio vaccination. If you need to supplement your vaccine protection, please contact your local health station. Vaccines against the diseases mentioned above are provided free of charge.

Whether or not you need other vaccinations, such as the hepatitis vaccine, or antimalarial medication depends on the risk level of your travel destination and the duration of your trip. Please contact your local health station by phone or via Maisa approximately two months before you travel so a nurse can assess your vaccination needs in good time. You will receive a prescription for a vaccine or medication that you can purchase at a pharmacy and bring along to your appointment.

To whom and on what terms

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

Background information

Vaccinations prevent the spread of contagious diseases. The vaccinations included in the National Immunisation Programme are voluntary and free of charge. Vaccinations for children under the school age are given at child welfare clinics, while school-age children are vaccinated by the school health care services.

Advice on vaccinations and vaccinations needed for international travel are provided by the health centre. A fee is often charged for vaccines that are not part of the vaccination programme.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 16/5/2022