National Vaccination Strategy

Berne, 12.1.2017 - It is possible to protect the general public even more effectively against infectious diseases. To achieve this goal, the Federal Council has adopted a National Vaccination Strategy (NVS) designed to optimise vaccine protection.

Healthcare professionals will be expected to play a major role in the implementation of the NVS. Doctors will be invited to systematically address the issues of vaccinations with their patients and ensure that patients’ vaccination status is up to date.

The information provided to the general public also plays an important role in optimising vaccination coverage. The use of electronic vaccination records will also be encouraged so that everyone can easily identify those vaccinations that are specifically recommended for their situation. 

Access to vaccines is also to be improved. The NVS will raise awareness of vaccination among parents, for example when they enrol their children with a childcare facility, and will also enable their children to benefit from an immunisation check at school. Finally, it will be possible to administer vaccinations in a variety of locations close to the recipients, for example in schools or pharmacies.

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways of protecting people against potentially serious diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis or measles. Vaccination also helps protect vulnerable groups, including infants, the elderly or immunocompromised individuals.


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National Vaccination Strategy (NVS)

The Confederation, together with the cantons and other stakeholders, has drawn up a national vaccination strategy (NVS) with the aim of guaranteeing that the population is sufficiently protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Last modification 13.12.2018

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