More than 900,000 Norwegians are over 65 years old. Today, less than half are vaccinated against flu.
"With this text message from the Minister of Public Health, we hope that more elderly people will take vaccines to protect themselves from serious influenza disease," said Director Karoline Bragstad, Public Health Department.
SMS messages are as follows:
«Hi! Have you taken the flu vaccine? It is recommended for everyone from 65 years. Contact your doctor and read more www.fhi.no. Greetings, State Council of Alse Michaelsen»
For example, people who are registered as contacts for older people may have received an SMS even though they are not in the 65-80 year target group. People who do not have access to digital communication with the authorities will not receive SMS.
It is clear to individuals if someone will follow the advice of the minister and take the vaccine or not.
"For many healthy elderly people, it may not be necessary to take vaccines, but flu can weaken health and depend on health care for a long time after the infection has passed. Therefore, it might be a good idea to take the vaccine on time before the season starts, Bragstad wins.
Where can you take the vaccine?
People in risk groups for flu are seriously entitled to vaccines at low prices. Apart from age 65, this is a group of chronic diseases.
It is the responsibility of the municipality to arrange vaccination offers for risk groups. In most municipalities, vaccination is regulated by getting a doctor at your doctor. Some municipalities also have municipal vaccination days or other arrangements.
Check whether the municipality where you cage has posted information about influenza vaccinations on their webpage.
It is not possible to order vaccinations at the National Institute of Public Health.
Influenza vaccine offered
Influenza vaccine will usually provide 6 out of 10 complete protection vaccinated against influenza. Choosing your good protection, will vary based on age, good health, and the type of influenza virus that spreads in the population.
If you have the flu even though you have been vaccinated, chances are your symptoms will be lighter and last less than if you were not vaccinated. Vaccines reduce the risk of serious influenza, hospitalization and death.
"For a quarter of a year, hundreds of millions of people were vaccinated against influenza, so we knew the vaccine was very bad and knew what he could do," Bragstad said.
It is very rare that vaccines against seasonal flu have serious side effects. Most side effects are mild and transient, such as swelling, redness or tenderness in stings. Up to 1 in 10 can experience mild disorders 1-2 days after vaccination. This is not a cold, but your immune system responds to the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain enough that can cause infection.