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Inoculations and communicable diseases

Inoculations against diseases have been common in Iceland for decades and participation is high, particularly regarding the inoculation of children. This is extremely important, as epidemics cannot be contained unless the majority of the population is inoculated.

Inoculation and communicable diseases

Children with legal residence in Iceland are inoculated against nine deceases between the ages of three months and 14 years.

Childhood inoculations need not be repeated in adulthood, except when travelling to parts of the world were communicable diseases are endemic. Inoculations should be a matter of course.

Doctors notify the Department of Infectious Disease Control of any cases of communicable diseases. The object is to prevent their spread and to inform the public.

Influenza inoculation

Annual influenza inoculations are carried out each autumn. Epidemics may be expected from October to March. These generally subside over a period of two to three months.

The greatest risk of side effects is posed to the elderly and people with suppressed immune systems. Annual inoculations are therefore recommended for these groups of people.

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