Vaccinations of children against chicken pox start on 1 September 2017

The national vaccination programme provides vaccination against chicken pox free of charge to all children aged 1.5 to 11 years who have not previously had chicken pox or received two doses of the chicken pox vaccine. In Helsinki, chicken pox vaccinations under the national vaccination programme will be carried out during children’s periodic health check-ups, performed by schools and maternity and child health clinics, starting 1 September 2017.

The basic vaccination series includes two doses. During the first year of the vaccination programme, all children who have not had the illness will be given one dose of the vaccine: children aged 1.5 to 6 years at a periodic health check-up performed at a maternity and child health clinic, and children aged 7 to 11 years at a health check-up performed by their school health care unit. A second dose will be administered at the age of 6 years for children under school age and at the age of 12 years for school-aged children.

Most Finnish people have had chicken pox by the age of 12, and approximately 5% of the population require the vaccine. The information provided by parents on whether their child has had chicken pox is usually quite reliable. There is no harm in vaccinating a child who has already had chicken pox. In cases where it is not known whether the child has had chicken pox, the child’s blood is not checked for chicken pox antibodies in connection with the vaccination.

At maternity and child health clinics, chicken pox vaccinations are only available by appointment during periodic health check-ups (performed at ages 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 years). At schools, the vaccine is administered at a health check-up. The need for vaccination will be assessed separately for each school in August.

Further information:

  • The nurse at your child’s clinic
  • The clinic’s phone service on weekdays 8am–2pm tel. +358 (0)9 310 555 30 (during summer 19 June–11 August 8am–1pm)
  • Send a message to the nurse at your clinic through the electronic services
  • The Helsinki maternity and child health clinic chat service,, open on weekdays 12 noon–2pm (during summer 19 June–11 August 12 noon–1pm)
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