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Switzerland - Health Risks, Inoculations, Vaccinations and Health Certificates
Medical advice on safeguarding against tick-borne diseases includes using insect repellant on exposed skin and covering up as much as possible, taking care to tuck trousers/pants into socks. You should check your own skin and clothes, plus your children and your pets for ticks. There are special tools which when used properly will safely remove a tick. Improper methods of tick removal can do more harm than good. There is a vaccination for Tick-Borne Encephalitis and you may be able to arrange immunisation in your home country before leaving for Switzerland. You will then need a booster vaccination every 3 years. You can also be vaccinated by your doctor in Switzerland. There is currently no vaccination against Lyme disease so even those immunised against TBE should take care when in at-risk areas of Switzerland. Always seek medical advice if you develop a rash.
If tempted to explore Switzerland's beautiful mountain areas, remember to stay hydrated and to protect your skin and eyes against the harmful effects of the sun, even in the winter. Sunglasses are important and in winter will help prevent snow blindness. Be prepared to descend to a lower altitude if you experience altitude sickness.
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