«Should I have my baby vaccinated against diseases? You hear and read so much about it. Some are for, others against it. They say vaccines are not completely without risk.»
You will need to decide whether you want to have your baby vaccinated or not. It is undisputed that vaccines offer effective protection from many infectious diseases. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) notes that dangerous childhood diseases practically no longer exist in Switzerland. A positive trend that is attributable above all to vaccination. Vaccination sceptics and opponents claim that going through a childhood disease strengthens the immune system and that vaccination involves risks. However, according to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), serious complications after vaccination are very rare; it puts the probability at 1 in 100,000.
Basic vaccination against eight childhood diseases
Vaccination is not mandatory in Switzerland. So the decision as to whether your baby is to be vaccinated or not lies with you. The Swiss vaccination plan for infants recommends basic vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, invasive infections such as haemophilus influenzae type b, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Basic vaccination is carried out from the age of two months. Parents who also want to protect their child from rare, but potentially fatal diseases can also have them vaccinated against pneumococci and group C meningococci.
Make the right decision with competent vaccination advice
We recommend that you obtain information before deciding whether to have your baby vaccinated or not. Ask your paediatrician for their opinion. Also get advice on when to have your baby vaccinated. Keep a vaccination record together with your paediatrician so that you have an overview of what vaccines your baby has had.
The Medgate medical advice centre, which operates a vaccination hotline on behalf of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), can be reached on 0844 448 448, where you can also obtain information on the topic of baby vaccination.
What can Helsana do for you?
The costs for basic vaccination as well as for vaccination against pneumococci and group C meningococci are covered by your child's basic insurance.
Basic insuranceVaccinations on the specialities list
You receive the costs of vaccinations prescribed by a doctor which are included on the list of specialities.
COMPLETA90% up to CHF 750
You receive 90% of the costs of vaccinations up to CHF 750 per calendar year.
This is on condition that the vaccines are approved by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic.