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School and student health care

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Wear a face mask in social and health care services

We recommend that everyone over the age of 12 uses a face mask in all facilities within social and health care services.

Read more here: Coronavirus updates from Helsinki


Tracking of coronavirus affects student health care

  • Because of the increasing number of coronavirus infections, the student health care personnel is moved to the epidemiologic operations unit to work with coronavirus tracking.
  • This means that a nurse won’t necessarily be present in the educational institute the same days as in a normal situation.
  • Planned vaccinations may be delayed and some health checks may be postponed.
  • The student health care nurses return to the educational institutes as soon as enough personnel is organised for tracking in other ways.
  • Student health care services are available in most educational institutes.
  • The nurses can be contacted by phone or through e-services. Follow this link for more information about the e-services.

Influenza vaccines given through school health care

Vaccines are primarily given to those who are at greater risk of getting severe influenza and people close to them. People who are especially susceptible are those with severe immunodeficiency, severely ill people, children under 6 months, pregnant women and elderly with underlying diseases.

The school health care has only received a limited amount of vaccines. To be able to vaccinate the pupils who are in risk groups we hope that vaccination appointments are only booked by and attended by pupils who run a great risk of getting severe influenza or are close to people at great risk.

If you must cancel an appointment that is already booked, please contact the school health care nurse.

Influenza vaccinations in student health care

You can book an influenza vaccination time to your own educational establishment by phone.

The vaccinations are provided mainly to students who are doing an internship within the social and health care sector and people belonging to risk groups.

University of applied sciences student health care services from 1 January 2021 onwards

The City of Helsinki’s student health care services for students of universities of applied sciences ceased on 31 December 2020, as student health care services transferred to the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS) from the beginning of 2021.

From the beginning of 2021, you can contact the Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS) by clicking here to book an appointment.

You can find more information and answers to questions on YTHS´s web pages.


School and student health care services

The objective is to encourage pupils to adopt healthy lifestyles and to provide them with self-esteem development support and life skills management support.

Each school has a designated school public health nurse and a school doctor, whose contact information and appointment hours are printed on bulletins distributed to pupils’ homes. Provision of health care services is based on the number of pupils at each school. The City of Helsinki Health Department recommends that one school public health nurse and one school doctor should not be responsible for more than 800 and 6,000 pupils respectively.

At the beginning of comprehensive school, parents fill in a form concerning their child’s current health status. The child’s health card is sent from the child health clinic to the school health care services. Based on this information, the child’s special needs can then be taken into account at schools. During comprehensive school, the school public health nurse aims to hold yearly appointments with every pupil and there are three standard doctor’s appointments (in grades 1, 5 and 8).



08.01.2021 14:52