More than 900,000 Norwegians are over 65 years of age. Today, less than half are vaccinated against influenza.
"With this text of the message of the Minister of Public Health, we hope that the vaccine will be taken over by several older people in order to protect themselves against serious flu diseases," says the director of the public health department, Karoline Bragstad.
The text message is as follows:
«Hi! Have you taken the flu vaccine? It is recommended that everyone is 65 years of age. Contact your doctor and read more www.fhi.no. Welcoming State Council Åse Michaelsen»
For example, people who are listed as older people may have received SMS even if they are not in the target group for 65-80 years. People who do not have access to digital communication with authorities will not receive SMS.
Obviously, the individual will follow the instructions of the minister and take the vaccine or not.
"For many healthy older people, it may not be necessary to take vaccines, but the flu may impair health and depend on medical care for a long time after the infection has ended. It is therefore a good idea to take the vaccine in time before the start of the season, Bragstad wins.
Where can you get the vaccine?
People in the risk groups for serious influenza are eligible for a low-cost vaccine. In addition to age 65, this is a group of chronic diseases.
The municipality is responsible for organizing the vaccination offer for risk groups. In most municipalities, vaccination is organized with a doctor at a doctor. Some municipalities also have municipal vaccination days or other arrangements.
Check that the municipality in which you are in the cage has published information on influenza vaccination on its websites.
Vaccines at the National Institute of Public Health can not be posted.
It offers a flu vaccine
The influenza vaccine usually provides 6 out of 10 vaccinated comprehensive protection against influenza. Choosing your good protection will vary according to age, good health, and what kind of viral flu virus is spreading in the population.
If you get flu, although you are vaccinated, your symptoms are likely to be milder and lasting less than if you have not been vaccinated. The vaccine reduces the risk of serious flu, hospitalization and death.
"For a quarter of a year, millions of people are vaccinated against influenza, so we know the vaccine well and we know what it can do," Bragstad said.
It is very rare that the seasonal flu vaccine causes serious side effects. Most of the side effects are mild and transient, such as swelling, redness or sensitivity in the bile. Up to 1 in 10 can cause a mild disorder 1-2 days after vaccination. This is not a flu, but your immune system responds to the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain enough to cause infection.