Information about vaccinations

 A nurse guides a pregnant woman through vaccinations.

Vaccinations are used to prevent infectious diseases, both directly by protecting the individual and indirectly by reducing the spread of pathogens among the population. When the prevalence of a disease and the number of those susceptible to it are low, the pathogens have fewer opportunities for spreading. 

Vaccination coverage in Finland is high. Thanks to vaccinations, many diseases and their secondary diseases and complications have become very rare, or they have been eradicated in Finland.

Wellbeing services counties are responsible for the practical administration of the vaccinations included in the national programme.  THL develops the national vaccination programme, monitors and assesses the population level effects of vaccines, and distributes the vaccines of the national programme to wellbeing services counties.

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