There are over 900,000 Norway over 65 years of age. Today, less than half are vaccinated against the flu.
"With this text from the Public Health Minister, I hope that more older people will take the vaccine to protect themselves from the ill health of the flu," said Director Karoline Bragstad, Department of Health Public.
The SMS message is as follows:
«Hi! Have you taken a flu vaccine? Everyone is 65 years old. Contact your doctor and read more www.fhi.no. Greetings from the State Council Åse Michaelsen»
For example, people listed as a contact for older people may have received the SMS even if they are not in the 65-80 age group. People who do not have access to digital communication with the authorities will receive the SMS.
It is obvious to the person if one follows the minister's counsel and takes a vaccine or not.
"For a lot of healthy elderly, a vaccine may not need to be taken, but flu may weaken health and rely on healthcare for a long time after the infection has passed. Good idea to take the vaccine on time before the season starts, Bragstad wins.
Where can you take a vaccine?
People in the risk groups for severe flu diseases have the right to drop down a vaccine. In addition to the age of 65, this is a group of chronic illness.
It is the responsibility of the borough to arrange a vaccination offer for the risk groups. In most boroughs, the vaccination is organized by having a doctor in your doctor. Urban ones also have urban vaccination days or other arrangements.
Check if the place borough you have posted flu vaccination information is on their web pages.
Vaccination can not be ordered at the National Public Health Institute.
Flu vaccine is offered
Usually, the flu vaccine will provide 6 out of 10 full protection against flu disease. Choosing the good protection you, will vary by age, good health, and what type of flu virus spreads in the population.
If you have flu despite being vaccinated, your symptoms are likely to be less bright and less than not vaccinated. A vaccine reduces the risk of flu, hospital and severe death.
"For the quarter of the year hundreds of millions of people are vaccinated against the flu, so we know the vaccine is so poor and know what it can do," says Bragstad.
Vaccine against seasonal flu is very scarce giving serious side effects. Most side effects are lightweight and subtle, such as swelling, redness or depreciation in the sting. Up to 1 in 10 can have a mild disorder 1-2 days after the vaccination. This is not a flu disease, but your immune system responds to the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain enough that can cause infection.