Family Clinic conducts vaccines that have been prescribed for children in the national immunisation schedule as well as other vaccines that are not free of charge. In the Family Clinic, vaccinations are conducted by family physicians or nurses who have undergone relevant training and have a valid right to vaccinate.
INFLUENZA (2019–2020 season) The World Health Organization confirms the composition of influenza vaccines based on the strains of the virus that are most likely to spread that season. This year, the World Health Organization took additional time to identify the final strains of the influenza virus of the 2019–2020 season. Influenza is a viral disease characterised by a sudden onset of the disease, high fever (38 °C and above), accompanied by coughing, headaches, throat or muscle pain or difficulties breathing. Getting vaccinated in October before the influenza season provides the best protection. In healthy people, immunity will develop 10–14 days after the vaccination and lasts for a year. Influenza vaccination is safe for anyone six months of age and older. Children under the age of six who are being vaccinated against influenza for the first time need two vaccine doses with one month in between. Vaccination is contraindicated in the following cases:
- hypersensitivity to egg protein or any other ingredient of the vaccine;
- during acute febrile illness.
Vaccination is recommended for everyone, but the following risk groups should definitely consider getting vaccinated:
- people who are 65 years old and older;
- persons suffering from anemia, chronic lung, cardiac, renal or metabolic diseases (in particular diabetes);
- children and adolescents aged 6 months to 17 years who are getting long-term aspirin treatment;
- people with immunodeficiency, including those who are receiving immunosuppressive therapy and are HIV-positive;
- pregnant women whose second or third trimester coincides with peak influenza season;
- patients with chronic diseases in social welfare institutions and nursing homes;
- people who are at risk due to their occupation (health care professionals, social welfare institution employees, poultry farm employees, etc.);
- people who may spread the influenza to a risk group.
The Estonian Health Board recommends that persons suffering from a viral disease do the following:
- stay home and treat yourself, because sick persons can infect others for up to seven days; going to work/school/kindergarten further exhausts your body;
- cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you are coughing or sneezing;
- avoid touching your eyes;
- wash your hands frequently!
To avoid getting infected, the Estonian Health Board recommends the following:
- avoid crowded places or gatherings!
- wash your hands frequently!
- cover your nose and mouth with a gauze mask when in close contact with a sick person!
Adults and children €15
You can obtain more information on other vaccines by contacting family health centres
by phone or e-mail.