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Switzerland Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Yellow Fever No
Typhoid No
Tetanus Yes
Rabies No
Malaria No
Hepatitis A No
Diphtheria No

Health Care

If European visitors or any of their dependants are suddenly taken ill or have an accident during a visit to Switzerland, free or reduced-cost necessary treatment is available; in most cases on production of a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Full travel insurance is advised for all travellers.

Food and Drink

There's nothing to mark out Switzerland produce as particularly risky to general health, in fact food hygiene standards are very high across the country. The tap water is also safe to drink. However, resist the temptation to drink from streams or lakes, no matter how clean they look, as they may contain pollutants.

Other Risks

No immunisations are required to enter Switzerland, although it is advisable to make sure your standard vaccinations like tetanus, diphtheria, mumps, measels, rubella and polio are up to date before travelling.

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