Communicable diseases

Working in collaboration with the cantons, international health agencies and other partners, the Swiss Government combats communicable diseases that constitute a threat to public health in Switzerland.

01.01.2014

How is vaccination dealt with in Switzerland's prevention activities?

Lead article. Vaccinations are incontestably among the most effective means of prevention in the healthcare sector. Their history goes back a long way – but has very recent chapters as well. more

01.01.2014

Vaccinations? Let's talk about them!

Forum Dr. med. Nicole Pellaud. As paediatricians who look after growing children, we concern ourselves particularly with the recommendations for and administration of the vaccines. We already broach the topic of vaccination at the first visit when infants are one month old. At the age of two months, now no longer protected by their mother's antibodies, infants receive their first doses of vaccine, particularly in order to build up immunity to whooping cough and Haemophilus infections, two diseases that can cause serious complications in young children. more

01.01.2014

At first hand

Editorial Daniel Koch. The most recent vote on the Epidemics Act has once more demonstrated that the subject of vaccinations can arouse emotions and trigger debate. When an epidemic with a high mortality rate looms on the horizon, the loudest voices are those clamouring for vaccinations. At other times, they are those who fear vaccinations. more

01.11.2013

Sexual health and transgender people: uncharted waters?

A neglected and vulnerable group. Many international studies reveal a high level of vulnerability in the health of the transgender community, especially to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. more

01.11.2013

Don’t miss out – get your measles vaccine now

Measles campaign 2013−2015. hich has a slogan that translates as "Don’t miss out –get your measles vaccine now", calls on the public to have themselves immunised against measles. The main target group is adults under the age of 50. The aim is to eliminate measles from Switzerland by 2015. more

01.11.2013

At first hand

Editorial Steven Derendinger. The first Swiss HIV & STI forum on the sexual health of trans people, which was organised by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), marks not only an increased awareness of this topic, but also an important and welcome change in its development. more

01.05.2013

"Break the chains" to reduce HIV infection

Gay community. Avoid all risk of infection in April and then take an HIV test in May with the partners with whom you usually have unprotected sex: this is the message of the "Break the Chains" campaign, which is being run this spring for the second time. The aim of the campaign is to break the chains of infection among men who have sex with men. more

01.11.2012

Say it any way you like, but just say it

"LOVE LIFE" campaign 2012/13. On 12 October 2012, the Federal Office of Public Health and its partner organisations launched the 2012/13 "LOVE LIFE" campaign. Its aim is to create a climate that makes it easier for people to inform a sex partner that they have a sexually transmitted disease. more

01.07.2012

National prevention programmes: many evaluation recommendations already implemented

Position of the Federal Office of Public Health. The Federal Office of Public Health commissioned evaluations of the 2008–2012 national prevention programmes on alcohol, tobacco, diet & physical activity and of the Swiss government’s Package of Measures to Reduce Drug Problems 2006–2011 (MaPaDro III). The evaluators argued strongly in favour of prolonging the programmes and proposed a number of improvements. The recommendations have been incorporated into the programmes and some have already been implemented. more

01.07.2012

Switzerland tackles measles

Measles Elimination Strategy. World Health Organization Europe aims to eliminate measles from the region by 2015. Switzerland has also committed to achieving this goal. The Swiss government therefore approved the Measles Elimination Strategy in December 2011. Measles is not a harmless childhood disease but a highly contagious viral infection. more