In Switzerland, dangerous childhood illnesses have practically died out. This is thanks to the vaccination of infants and small children, which has been largely accepted by the population. However, there are critical voices who argue against preventive immunisation. The decision is up to parents. In case of doubt, it is recommended to discuss this with your paediatrician.
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.
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.
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 Centre for Telemedicine, 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.
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