The flu, measles, whooping cough: vaccination activates the body's own immune response. Protect yourself and others against serious diseases and save lives.
Vaccination introduces a weakened form of a virus or bacteria to a healthy body. This helps the immune system to develop protection from a disease without contracting the disease itself.
Each year, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and Federal Commission for Vaccination (FCV) publish the Swiss vaccination schedule. It lists all of the recommended vaccinations. Most of them are covered by your basic insurance.
If you have questions about any particular vaccination, please contact your doctor.
Wintertime is flu season in Switzerland. This can have serious consequences for the elderly and chronically ill, pregnant women and toddlers. If you or one of your close relatives falls into one of these risk groups, we recommend getting a flu vaccination.
Yes, we pay a share of the vaccination costs. Basic insurance reimburses the cost of vaccinations that are recommended in Switzerland, minus the retention fee and deductible.
If you're planning to travel and want to get vaccinated beforehand against yellow fever, typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis or hepatitis A and B, for example, part of the cost will generally be covered by supplementary insurance.
Active vaccination causes the body's own immune system to produce antibodies. Live vaccines contain a living but weakened form of the germ. While this form of vaccination is highly effective, the risk of complications is higher. However, a vaccine containing 'killed' bacteria or viruses can also be administered. Although not quite so effective, it is easier for the human body to tolerate.
Passive vaccination means ready-made antibodies are injected into the blood. Protection is immediate, but only temporary as the body breaks down the foreign antibodies.
mRNA vaccination uses genetic information as a blueprint for building antigens. The body then produces these antigens itself. This form of vaccination is highly effective.
IIn most cases, vaccinations are well tolerated. However, sometimes the required activation of the immune system can trigger the following symptoms: