More than 900,000 Norwegians have over 65 years of age. Today, less than half have been vaccinated against flu.
"With this text message of the Minister of Public Health we hope that more senior people will take the vaccine to protect themselves from serious illness," says Director of Public Health, Karoline Bragstad.
The SMS message is as follows:
"Hi! Did you take a flu vaccine? It is recommended for anyone over 65 years of age. Contact your doctor and read more www.fhi.no, Salute State Council Åse Michaelsen"
For example, people who are listed as contacts for the elderly may have received SMS even if they are not in the target group of 65 to 80 years. People who do not have access to digital communication with the authorities will not receive SMS.
It is obvious to somebody whether someone will follow the advice of the minister and take the vaccine or not.
"For many healthy adults, there is no need to take a vaccine, but flu can weaken your health and depend on your health care for a long time after the infection has passed, so maybe it's good to take the vaccine on time before the start of the season, Bragstad wins.
Where can you take the vaccine?
People at risk groups for severe flu cases have the right to a reduced-dose vaccine. Along the age of 65, this is a group of chronic diseases.
The municipality is obliged to organize a vaccination offer for risk groups. In most municipalities vaccination is organized by getting a doctor at your doctor. Some municipalities also have municipal vaccination days or other arrangements.
Make sure the municipality where you cage has published flu vaccination information on your website.
It is not possible to book vaccination at the National Institute of Public Health.
A flu vaccine is offered
The flu vaccine will normally provide 6 out of 10 vaccinated whole-protected diseases. If you choose good protection, you will differ by age, good health, and how influenza virus spreads in the population.
If you have a flu despite being vaccinated, it is likely that your symptoms will be milder and last longer than if you did not. The vaccine reduces the risk of serious flu, hospitalization and death.
"In a quarter of a century, hundreds of millions of people are vaccinated against the flu, so we know the vaccine so bad and we know what he can do," said Bragstad.
It is very rare that a seasonal flu vaccine has serious side effects. Most of the side effects are mild and transient, such as swelling, redness or tenderness in the sting. Up to 1 out of 10 people may have light disturbance 1-2 days after vaccination. This is not a flu disease, but the immune system suits the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain enough that can cause an infection.