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Basel Schools - Rate of Vaccination?

Hello, we are a family of three contemplating a move from Canada to Basel in the New Year. I am very disheartened to read elsewhere on this forum that vaccinations are not compulsory in Switzerland (nor very 'popular', it seems), as my toddler is immune-compromised. Is there a way to determine what the vaccination rate is for a particular school (neighbourhood, canton?) in Basel? Many thanks.
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Hello, we are a family of three contemplating a move from Canada to Basel in the New Year. I am very disheartened to read elsewhere on this forum that vaccinations are not compulsory in Switzerland (nor very 'popular', it seems), as my toddler is immune-compromised. Is there a way to determine what the vaccination rate is for a particular school (neighbourhood, canton?) in Basel? Many thanks.
I don't think so, as vaccinations are not a school-run program. However, at least where we live (Basel-land, very close to the city), it's a very multicultural environment and as far as I know, most kids are vaccinated. Generally, paediatricians here do recommend the full list of vaccinations (those that are relevant to Switzerland, that is).

On a side note, where in the world are vaccinations "compulsory"? I don't know of any country or state (not even California) that requires children to be vaccinated.*


*I admit, I'm not au fait with health legislation in North Korea.

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Re: Basel Schools - Rate of Vaccination?

Thanks very much for your post. Apologies - 'compulsory' - was an incorrect word to use. Immunizations are not mandatory/compulsory in Canada either, although there are three provinces that do have legislation requiring proof of immunization prior to school entry (with exceptions, of course - for example - http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/co...0071d60f89RCRD). At the Montessori school my child attends, proof of immunization is required (with exceptions).

Immunizations are not a school-run program here either. There have been studies done, however, of vaccination coverage / exemptions in schools (example -
http://www.thestar.com/life/2014/10/...tion_rate.html) and I just wished to know if I might be able to find something similar for Basel area schools.

Thanks again.
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I work in a childcare setting and although there are no rules that require parents to immunise their children, the children are definitely given a vaccination record sheet or card, and the childcare collects a copy.

In Australia I worked with a family who had a child with cystic fibrosis, so I am somewhat familiar with what you might be asking...I would suggest firstly speaking to your Swiss paediatrician and specialist team, and go from there.

In the situation I had in Australia, the parents asked if it would be possible for them to write a letter to all the other parents (with the help of their specialist medical team) to inform the parents regarding the child's special needs and how everyone could work together to make it a safer environment for their child. This was no problem. They also had a specialist come to a teacher meeting and provide information and answer practical questions from the staff.

In the end, they actually decided to move their family away, to a rural area, and reduce her attendance to the absolute minimum. They decided health and overall wellbeing was more important than having the child in a group care setting. It was the right decision for their family...

overall, my experience is that most families do immunise their children, but of course even if they are following the official schedule, they are not usually complete until around age 4.
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Re: Basel Schools - Rate of Vaccination?

Well I know lots of children in Basel-Stadt that are not vaccinated against measles, but I think that the rate has been going up slowly. Not up to the 95% recommended by the WHO though. Contact the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. They like statistics.
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Hello, we are a family of three contemplating a move from Canada to Basel in the New Year. I am very disheartened to read elsewhere on this forum that vaccinations are not compulsory in Switzerland (nor very 'popular', it seems), as my toddler is immune-compromised. Is there a way to determine what the vaccination rate is for a particular school (neighbourhood, canton?) in Basel? Many thanks.
I can only speak anecdotally, but when we lived in Arlesheim, we were advised to get our children vaccinated ahead of the normally-recommended schedule due to the high level of unvaccinated children in the village. This was driven by the proximity to the Goetheanum and the associated anthroposophic movement.
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...we were advised to get our children vaccinated ahead of the normally-recommended schedule...
Same here: Our paediatrician in Luzern (Dr. Magyar, highly recommended) also recommended to shift part of the vaccination schedule ahead by several months because of a high rate of non-vaccinated children.
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I don't think so, as vaccinations are not a school-run program. However, at least where we live (Basel-land, very close to the city), it's a very multicultural environment and as far as I know, most kids are vaccinated. Generally, paediatricians here do recommend the full list of vaccinations (those that are relevant to Switzerland, that is).

On a side note, where in the world are vaccinations "compulsory"? I don't know of any country or state (not even California) that requires children to be vaccinated.*


*I admit, I'm not au fait with health legislation in North Korea.
It is mandatory in Hungary. Luckily.
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