Norway’s FHI recommends new vaccination program for adults

Vaccination - vaccinatedPhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB

Norway’s National Institute of Public Health (FHI) recommends a vaccination program for adults as a permanent offer. Many people do not know that they need to “refresh” the vaccines they received as a child every ten years.

The health authorities have been working on the case for a long time, which has not been finally decided, the newspaper Aftenposten writes.

“No decision has been made on such a vaccination program,” the Ministry of Health and Care Services states.

A possible vaccination program for adults may include an influenza vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, and a combined booster vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio.

“We recommend that it (note: the program) is organized for adults and risk groups, as is the case with the flu program today,” the department director at the FHI Are Stuwitz Berg stated.

A Norstat survey carried out this year on behalf of the Pharmacy Association shows that 57% of adult women and men do not know that they should refresh their childhood vaccines every ten years into adulthood.

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