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Health care professionals

Pursuant to the Infectious Diseases Act, health care personnel must have immunity against measles and chickenpox if the patients or customers are at risk for severe sequelae of infectious diseases. Additionally they have to have a vaccine-produced protection against influenza.
  • The employer has to define those social and health care unit customer and patient premises, where people at risk for severe sequelae of infectious diseases are being treated. These premises also include vehicles used for transport of patients.
  • Professionals who care for infants continuously 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 30.04.2018 | Page edited 18.03.2024