Over 900,000 Norwegians are over 65 years old. Today, less than half are immunized against influenza.
"With this text message from the Minister of Public Health, we hope that older people will take the vaccine to protect themselves from severe influenza disease," says Director Caroline Bragstad, Department of Public Health.
The SMS message is as follows:
«Hey! Do you take a flu vaccine? Recommended for everyone from 65 years. Contact your doctor and read more www.fhi.no. Greetings State Council sese Michaelsen»
For example, people who are listed as a contact for older people may have received the SMS even if they are not in the target group for 65-80 years. People who do not have access to digital communication with the authorities will not receive the SMS.
It is clear to the person whether one will follow the Minister's advisor and take the vaccine or not.
"For many healthy seniors, you may not need to take a vaccine, but flu may weaken your health and depend on medical care long after the infection has passed.Therefore, it may be a good idea to take the vaccine in time before the start of the season, Bragstad wins.
Where can you take a vaccine?
People in the risk groups for severe influenza are entitled to a reduced vaccine. In addition to 65 years of age, this is a group of chronic diseases.
The municipality is responsible for organizing a vaccine proposal for the risk groups. In most municipalities, the vaccine is organized by getting a doctor at your doctor. Some municipalities also have municipal vaccination days or other arrangements.
Check if the municipality where you are a cage has published information about flu vaccination on their web pages.
Vaccination can not be ordered at the National Institute of Public Health.
The flu vaccine is offered
The flu vaccine usually provide 6 out of 10 full protection against the flu vaccine. Choosing a good defense for you, will vary by age, good health, which influenza virus spreads in the population.
If you get flu despite the vaccine, it is likely that your symptoms will be milder than last if you are not vaccinated. The vaccine reduces the risk of severe influenza, hospitalization and death.
"For a quarter of a year, hundreds of millions of people are vaccinated against influenza, so we know the vaccine is so bad and know what it can do," Bragstad said.
It is very rare that the seasonal flu vaccine gives serious side effects. Most side effects are mild and transient, such as swelling, redness or tenderness in the sting. Up to 1 in 10 can be light disorder 1-2 days after vaccination. It is not a flu disease, but your immune system reacts to the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain enough that can cause infection.