Contact persons by theme

This page contains the contact information of specialists in different fields related to infectious diseases and vaccinations. Media enquiries should be addressed to the Communications unit.
For media

Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections 

Sohvi Kääriäinen
Team Leader, Chief Physician, THL
[email protected] 
Antibiotic resistance 
Healthcare-associated infections 

Infection control and preparedness

Liina Voutilainen
Team Leader, Senior Specialist, THL
[email protected] 
Diseases and disease control 

Monitoring, reporting and information systems

Tuija Leino
Team Leader, Chief Physician, THL
[email protected] 
Surveillance and registers

Laboratory activities

Carita Savolainen-Kopra
Chief Specialist, Unit Head, THL
[email protected]

Direction of the vaccination programme

Mia Kontio
Team Leader, Chief Specialist, THL
[email protected] 
Finnish national vaccination programme

Communicable Disease Control Physician

Healthcare professionals can consult a Communicable Disease Control Physician by telephone about issues related to the control and surveillance of infectious diseases and vaccinations. The service is available on weekdays between 8:00 and 16:00.
Tel. +358 29 524 8557 

Vaccination and travel health advisory services for healthcare professionals

The helpline answers healthcare professionals' questions about travel health and vaccinations, vaccinations included in the national programme, and the organisation and administration of vaccinations. The service is available on weekdays between 10:00 and 12:00.
Tel. +358 29 524 6060 

Laboratory helplines 


Virology samples
Tel. +358 29 524 6116

Niina Ikonen
Senior Specialist, THL
Tel. +358 29 524 8413
[email protected]


Bacteriological samples
Tel. +358 29 524 8756

Saara Salmenlinna
Chief Specialist, THL
Tel. +358 29 524 7944
[email protected]

THL’s pharmaceutical wholesale service

Toni Relander
Accountable director 
Tel. +35829 524 7299 (on-call service 24h)
[email protected]

Vaccine dispatch service

Hospital pharmacies and dispensaries in the public healthcare system order vaccines for the national vaccination programme from the dispatch service. The service is available on weekdays between 9:00 and 12:00.
Tel. +358 29 524 8333 

Vaccine Immunology Laboratory

Inquiries related to antibody testing results:
Tel. +358 40 674 3689

Inquiries related to antibody testing methods and tests:

Merit Melin
Senior Researcher, THL
Tel. + 358 29 524 8903
[email protected]
Antibody studies

Departments and units involved in producing the Infectious diseases and vaccinations website

Editing team of the Infectious diseases and vaccinations site

We will be happy to receive any suggestions for improvements or other feedback on our online service.

Saila Pitkänen
Communications Specialist, THL
[email protected]


You can find information on these websites and in other advisory services:

In questions related to your health or vaccinations, contact health care services.