Travel clinic Switzerland
Travel health and vaccine advice for Switzerland
Switzerland

Surrounded by high snow-capped mountains, immense lakes, grandiose landscapes and incredible greenery, Switzerland will seduce more than one. This beautiful country nestled in the heart of the Alps has something to impress you. To discover it, choose the walk and be seduced by the luxurious fashion boutiques that adorn the streets, but do not forget the old monuments, such as the Bellinzona Castles. It is also by walking that you will pace the hiking trails to see nature and landscapes. Geneva, the capital of watchmaking, is a cosmopolitan city that is worth a visit. If you are looking for ambiance and entertainment, Lausanne is for you. It is famous for its many festivals and countless museums filled with period relics. Zurich and Bern are also unmissable destinations.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

SWITZERLAND – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Hepatitis A Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”
Tick-borne Encephalitis Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.
Lyme disease Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Acetazolamide/Dexaméthasone Recommended to prevent Acute mountain sickness (AMS).
Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Azithromycin or Suprax

SECURITY ABROAD

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs in most public areas, particularly in Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern. Pickpockets are active in public places, such as airports and railway stations.

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SAN JOSÉ WEATHER

CANADIAN AMBASSY

Emergency services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.