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HUS patients to be asked about vaccinations from 7 Dec

Published : 03 Dec 2021, 23:16

  DF Report

File Photo: HUS.

Patients coming to Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) district for treatment and examinations from 7 December will be asked, if they have taken influenza and coronavirus vaccines.

Asking about vaccines and recording information is part of HUS's patient safety work, said HUS in a press release on Friday.

“In the invitation letter, we recommend both the influenza vaccine and the coronavirus vaccine for all patients coming here for treatment and examinations. By taking these vaccines, the patient protects themselves, those close to them, other patients, and our staff,” said Eeva Ruotsalainen, Deputy Chief Physician of HUS.

The vaccination data will be recorded faster if the patient has already taken note of when they received the coronavirus and influenza vaccines.

Being unvaccinated, however, does not affect the treatment of the patient. Patients who have not yet taken the vaccines will be told where and when they can be obtained.

Municipalities provide both influenza and coronavirus vaccines. Additionally, the influenza vaccine can also be obtained at the patient vaccination points of some HUS hospitals and in some departments at the recovery stage.

“Epidemics in the wards cause a lot of concern, extra work, and complicate the treatment of other patients, as it is necessary to limit the activity in the unit where infections and exposures have been diagnosed. Emphasising the importance of vaccinations for patients coming for treatment is one of our ways of making the hospital environment safe for patients and staff,” Ruotsalainen added.