Recommendations in the event of a pandemic

What to do in the event of illness? Here you’ll find information and recommendations on how to prevent and treat flu during a flu pandemic. 

Children

Children are more vulnerable to flu viruses: their immune system is less well developed. So it’s important for the parents of small children with flu symptoms to contact a doctor immediately.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women

Pregnant and breastfeeding women have an elevated risk of complications. This means they’re particularly vulnerable and should protect themselves from infection, ideally by being vaccinated.

Pandemic flu vaccination

The best protection from influenza is vaccination. People with an elevated risk of complications especially should get vaccinated.

Antiviral drugs

Antiviral drugs are designed to inhibit the multiplication of viruses. with the aim of reducing the symptoms and the duration of the illness.

Surgery visits and house calls

If you have serious flu symptoms and are in a high-risk group, first call your doctor.

Care at home

If you have the flu, stay at home. To take the pressure off the hospitals, only the most serious cases will be admitted to hospital. If you receive care at home there are preventive measures you and the people around you must follow.

Going into hospital and visiting in hospital

If you think you have the flu, don’t go into hospital of your own accord. Call your doctor if you’re in a high-risk group or have very serious flu symptoms

Complications and recuperation

Anyone with the flu can suffer complications. The consequences of complications depend to a large extent on the patient’s general state of health.

Swiss citizens abroad

Whether you’re abroad on business, on holiday or because you live there, find out about the recommendations for Swiss citizens in the event of an epidemic.

Last modification 20.08.2018

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