Vaccinations protect children from all kinds of diseases. The Federal Office of Public Health recommends the following vaccinations: diphteria, hepatitis B, meningitis, laryngitis caused by haemophilus influenzae, pertussis, polio, measles, rubella, and tetanus. Talk to your paediatrician about possible side effects.

Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, predominantly borreliosis and early summer meningoencephalitis (ESME) or tick-borne meningitis. Borreliosis is caused by bacteria and can be treated with antibiotics. By contrast, ESME is a viral disease that can only be prevented by vaccination. Ask your paediatrician.

In 2007, the Federal Office of Public Health recommended a vaccination against cervical cancer and other diseases caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) for all adolescent girls between the age of 11 and 14. Adolescents and young adults can also get vaccinated after their first intercourse. The vaccination is free for girls and women between 11 and 26 years. Ask your GP, paediatrician or gynaecologist for more information.


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