Vaccinations are preventive measures that can protect you against various infectious diseases with dangerous consequences. By getting vaccinated, the body's own immune system is empowered to react to pathogens to prevent the disease from breaking out entirely or to ensure that it only erupts as a mild case. The effect is based on inactivated pathogens that are recognised by the immune system.
Vaccinations are the most effective method for protecting you and your child against diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis B. No vaccination can protect you against the respective disease with absolute certainty, but when you are vaccinated the chances of contracting the disease are drastically reduced and, if you do contract the disease, its course can be mitigated. Booster vaccinations are necessary if the immunological memory is reduced or the pathogen changes its characteristics.
The more people are vaccinated, the more difficult it is for a pathogen to spread. This is how diseases can be contained or even eradicated.
A vaccination programme: Vaccination against human papillomaviruses, which cause cervical cancer
The vaccine against human papillomaviruses (HPV) protects against certain HP viruses that can cause cervical cancer, among other things. Girls and young women aged 11 to 26 have the opportunity to be vaccinated by a doctor as part of a cantonal vaccination programme. The vaccination programmes are implemented by school health services and/or doctors in private practice who are part of the cantonal vaccination programme. Vaccination programmes against cervical cancer vary by canton. The advantage of this programme is that vaccines are bought centrally in large quantities, which keeps costs low. If you get vaccinated as part of a cantonal vaccination programme, you pay neither a franchise nor a deductible. We, your doctor and the canton sort out the financial side; you don't have to worry about anything. You can obtain further information from the cantonal office of public health.
If you are vaccinated by a facility that is not part of the cantonal vaccination programme, we cannot assume the costs under basic insurance. If you have supplementary insurance, you will also receive contributions towards vaccinations that are not carried out as part of a cantonal vaccination programme. For vaccinations with Cervarix, women aged 10 to 26 are eligible for contributions. The vaccine Gardasil is reimbursed for women from age 9 and men aged 9 to 26. You can find details about this under insurance benefits.