More than 900,000 Norwegians are over 65 years old. Today, fewer than half are vaccinated against influenza.
"With this text message from the public health minister, we hope that more older people will receive a vaccine to protect themselves from serious influenza illness," says director Karoline Bragstad, the Department of Public Health.
The SMS message is as follows:
«Hi! Have you taken a flu vaccine? Recommended for everyone from the age of 65. Contact your doctor for more information www.fhi.no, Greetings Council of Ås Michaelsen»
For example, people who are listed as contacts for older people may receive SMS even if they are not in the 65-80 age group. People who do not have access to digital communication with the authorities will not receive SMS.
It is obvious to a man whether to look at the advice from the minister and take the vaccine or not.
"Many healthy elderly people may not need to be vaccinated, but the flu can weaken health and depend on healthcare for a long time after infection, so it may be a good idea to take the vaccine in time before the season and Bragstad will win.
Where can you take the vaccine?
Persons in high-risk influenza risk groups are eligible for a reduced price vaccine. In addition to the age of 65, this is a group of chronic illnesses.
It is the responsibility of the municipality to organize a vaccination offer for risk groups. Most municipalities are vaccinated by a doctor with a doctor. Some municipalities also have municipal days of vaccinations or other agreements.
Check that the village where you are in the cage has published information on influenza vaccination on your website.
It is not possible to reserve vaccination at the National Institute of Public Health.
The influenza vaccine is being offered
Influenza vaccine usually provides 6 out of 10 vaccinated complete protection against influenza illness. The choice of good protection you will vary according to age, good health and what kind of influenza virus is spreading in the population.
If you get flu after vaccination, it is likely that your symptoms will be milder and last less than if you were not vaccinated. Vaccination reduces the risk of serious flu, hospitalization and death.
"For fourteen years, hundreds of millions of people have been vaccinated against influenza, so we know the vaccine so badly and we know what it can do," said Bragstad.
It is very rare that the seasonal influenza vaccine leads to serious side effects. Most side effects are mild and transient, such as swelling, redness or tenderness. Up to 1 in 10 may have mild disorders 1-2 days after vaccination. It's not flu, but your immune system reacts to the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain enough that can cause infection.