Protection against influenza, measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and varicella (chickenpox)
Section 48 of the revised Infectious Diseases Act governs the immunity of students participating in practical training, the aim being to protect patients. This section will apply from 1 March 2018.
The purpose of the Act is to ensure that all staff members and students working at health care and social services units get vaccinated against influenza every year and are protected against measles and varicella, through either vaccination or a personal history of the disease. Those caring for children aged under 1 year must also be vaccinated against pertussis. This will improve the safety of both patients and the students.
Check your vaccination status
You can check your vaccination status using the attached self-assessment form. If you are not fully vaccinated or if you are not sure, please contact your FSHS unit. At the end of the form there is a certificate concerning vaccination status as specified by law; if necessary, you can submit this to staff at your practical training location. Either your place of study or staff at your practical training location will instruct you on matters concerning submitting the certificate.
Vaccinations are free of charge.
If vaccination is contraindicated and you cannot be vaccinated because of an allergy, for example, the FSHS will issue a statement showing any restrictions that apply to your practical training. You can present the statement at your place of study with a view to selecting suitable practical training locations.
Getting vaccinated is voluntary, and presenting a statement on suitability is also voluntary. However, your practical training location is required by law to check your suitability; your practical training period may be cancelled if your suitability cannot be confirmed.
Vaccination against hepatitis B
Medical and dentistry students are entitled to free vaccinations against hepatitis B. You will be given separate information on the practical aspects of getting vaccinated.
Concerning the need for vaccination against measles, pertussis, varicella and influenza, in accordance with § 48 of the Infectious Diseases Act