31. July 2018

evita is also with you at home

This year evita is launching an initiative in the outpatient care area ...


25 June 2018

71st World Health Assembly

The 71st Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) took place from 24 to 26 May 2018 at its headquarters in Geneva. The WHO was founded on 7 April 1948 and today numbers 194 member states.

One of the items on the agenda discussed at this year's gathering that is of particular interest to the European region was ...


06 June 2018

Booster vaccination for diphtheria

Diphtheria is predominantly a disease of childhood that is caused by infection with the Corynebacterium diphtheriae. This bacterial infectious disease only occurs in humans and is spread through direct person-to-person contact ...


16 April 2018

Protective vaccination against herpes zoster (shingles)

According to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), the vaccination against herpes zoster with the Zostavax® vaccine has been recommended for people aged 65 to 79 years in Switzerland since the end of 2017 ...


04 April 2018

Get vaccinated now against TBE

Most ticks start getting active again in March. The ticks found in Europe mainly transmit two diseases: tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease.

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommends ...


22 March 2018

Flu vaccination: protection for one season

January is usually the flu season but it reaches its peak in February when the outbreak is usually at its worst. Although physicians advise getting vaccinated in the autumn, you can still benefit from an immunisation now because ...


06 March 2018

Vaccination against whooping cough

Whooping cough (pertussis) can affect people of any age. In recent years, the number of reported cases of this serious respiratory tract infection has increased almost continuously in Switzerland. Among these reported cases, around one in six people was not vaccinated and one out of every four people had an unknown vaccination status. In the period from 2010 to 2014, an average of 8700 cases ...


22 November 2017

What to do if you lost your vaccination card?

A vaccination card contains vital information about the kind and number of vaccinations an individual has received and when further vaccinations are due. Many vaccinations require subsequent booster doses in order to maintain immunity. Therefore it makes sense to have ...


13 October 2017

National Flu Vaccination Day 2017

On Friday 3 November 2017, this year's National Flu Vaccination Day takes place. It will run under the slogan "Protecting Ourselves and Others!" Many surgeries will be offering flu vaccinations without appointment on this day. Click ...


14 September 2017

Get vaccinated against measles

Measles is an extremely contagious viral infection that is acute, i.e. occurs suddenly, and is easily transmitted. For this reason, people who have caught measles must stay at home. Measles is not a harmless illness that only affects children ...


21 August 2017

Why you should get vaccinated

A vaccine or immunisation is the only effective preventive measure against infectious diseases. By vaccinating more and more people, a massive reduction in several infectious diseases has been achieved since the middle of the 20th century, and in some cases ...


08 August 2017

Recommended vaccination against hepatitis A

Since the beginning of 2017, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has recorded two and a half times more cases of hepatitis A than in the previous year. Hepatitis A is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis A virus which is ...


09 June 2017

Pneumococcal vaccination

In its official weekly bulletin, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has informed in the issue of 22 May 2017 that the number of pneumococcal diseases in Switzerland has increased by around 23 percent between 2015 and 2017 in a three-year comparison.

Pneumococcal disease is caused by...


15 May 2017

Chickenpox: harmless to children, dangerous to pregnant women

Chickenpox - also known as varicella - is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella zoster virus. This infectious disease is spread by direct person-to-person contact. It is transmitted by ...


26 April 2017

European Immunisation Week from 24-30 April 2017

During European Immunisation Week (EIW) from 24 to 30 April 2017, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommends that people get their vaccination status checked and updated by a physician or pharmacist. The FOPH wants ...


24 April 2017

Tetanus (lockjaw) booster shot

Scratches and animal bites, even minor ones, tears to the cuticles or abrasions after a fall can become infected and lead to complications when pathogens enter the open wound. In the worst case ...


30 March 2017

Colloquial instead of TARMED

The Swiss healthcare sector communicates in its own languages. One of these languages is called TARMED, a tariff system used in Switzerland to process outpatient medical services ...


18 January 2017

Be careful when exchanging data

Healthcare data belongs to the patient and to no one else. Accordingly, care must be taken when storing and transmitting healthcare data. If patients or physicians use ...


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