Switzerland

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Vaccination policy

There are no compulsory vaccinations for babies in Switzerland.

In 2013, 60% of Swiss people voted a law allowing the Confederation to order a compulsory vaccination in case of an epidemic. 40% of the citizen said “NO” to this law and if needed the law will certainly apply with no severity. Unfortunately, most daycares ask for measles vaccination and more and professional obligations are still severe.

School

Unvaccinated children in Switzerland are allowed in primary schools. Most of the daycares ask for vaccinations (measles and others) and despite being an illegal request, daycare still can decide. Schools follow the law (no vaccines requirements)

Adverse event following immunisation public reporting system

Reports of adverse reactions from professionals and consumers are sent to the six regional centres. The centres process the reports and forward them to Swissmedic national pharmacovigilance centre. When a pharmaceutical industry files an adverse reaction, it reports directly to Swissmedic.

In accordance with the new Law on Therapeutic Products implemented on January 1st, 2002, all serious adverse reactions, either unknown or insufficiently documented must be reported.

Adverse event following immunisation public reporting system

  • result in death;
  • are life-threatening;
  • lead to hospitalization or prolonge it;
  • involve a persistent disability or incapacity;
  • are otherwise considered medically significant (e.g. a medical intervention is needed to prevent a complication).

These suspected adverse reactions should be reported within 15 days; non-serious reactions should be reported within 60 days.A causality between a reaction and a medicine doesn”t need to be proved; suspicion alone is sufficient to report the event.

Under the Law on Therapeutic Products all professionals entitled to distribute, administer or prescribe drugs are subject to the obligation of reporting suspected adverse reactions.

Consumers are also entitled to report adverse events to drugs. A consultation with the family doctor leading to a joint report deserves the advantage of providing relevant medical details, yet it is not compulsory.

Who we are

The EFVV (European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance) is an alliance of member-organisations and individual members from 25 European countries.  Our member-organisations consist of consumer groups and pro-choice groups whose members in turn include medical professionals and scientists. Their combined memberships exceed 100,000. We call on all Europeans to stand together in a demand for a united vaccination policy based on freedom of choice and informed consent.  We believe that mandatory vaccination is not only a serious risk but a violation of human rights and dignity.  We therefore demand transparency and caution as well as recognition and concern for the many vaccine-injured in Europe and beyond.


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