Most parents vaccinate their children against various dangerous infections-following the advise of doctors- despite the fact that the pros and cons of vaccinations are hotly debated. However, in Switzerland there are no general compulsory vaccinations, with the exception of some in the cantons of Freiburg, Geneva, Neuenburg and Tessin.


Vaccinations support the child’s organism with the formation of a specific immune system against the respective infection. Grave complications and consequences can thus be avoided (e.g. encephalitis from measles, and deformation due to German measles).


Some vaccinations provide a lifelong immunity, others have to be repeated several times or after a number of years. The official Swiss vaccination plan corresponds to that of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and recommends the following vaccinations:






2 to 6 months

3 x Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough)
3 x Poliomyelitis (polio)
3 x Haemophilus influenza type b (encephalitis)


12 months

Measles, mumps, German measles (MMG)


15 to 24 months

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
Haemophilus influenza type b
Measles, mumps, German measles (MMG)


4 to 7 years

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
Boosters (MMG)


11 to 15 years

Diphtheria, tetanus
3 x Hepatitis B
Boosters (polio, MMG, pertussis)


Adults Diphtheria, tetanus (every 10 years)
Boosters (polio, MMG)



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