Health care professionals

Pursuant to the amended Infectious Diseases Act, health care personnel must have immunity against measles and chickenpox if the patients they treat are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases. Annual vaccination against seasonal influenza is also required.
  • Employees and students who work in customer or patient facilities in social services and health care must have immunity against measles and chickenpox, either via vaccination or by having previously had the diseases in question. They are also required to have the seasonal influenza vaccine each year.
  • Professionals who care for infants also need to be vaccinated against whooping cough.
  • The Infectious Diseases Act places these requirements on nursing staff in the interest of patient safety. Getting the vaccinations is voluntary, but those who refuse to be vaccinated are not allowed to work with certain types of patients, such as organ transplant recipients and cancer patients.
  • Employers are responsible for ensuring that their employees are adequately immunised.
  • Students receive vaccinations for internships from student health care and these are free of charge. Student working with a regular contract of employment may also receive vaccinations from occupational health care.

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Page published 30.4.2018
Page edited 29.9.2022