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Vaccinating children

The body of each child is protected by their immune system. It is in our power to strengthen this system even more, taking into account the characteristics of a child’s immune system.

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Vaccination of adults

An average adult is exposed to thousands of pathogens daily. The immune system, which works continuously and imperceptibly, protects the body from those pathogens.

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For healthcare workers

Healthcare workers professionals play a very important role in conducting vaccination. The information and explanations received from them affect people's decisions, and the feedback and statistics collected help direct vaccination policies.

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Travel vaccination

In order to avoid infectious diseases, travellers to risk areas should turn to their own family physician or travel medicine office at least 4 weeks before the trip, for a medical examination and, if necessary, to get vaccinated.

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Funding

The implementation of the vaccination schedule and vaccinations provided in the framework of emergency aid will be financed from the state budget by the Health Insurance Fund (formerly the Ministry of Social Affairs) as of 1 January 2019.

 

School healthcare services are funded (including vaccinations) by the Health Insurance Fund as well, who concludes contracts with healthcare providers.

 

Outpatient centres (infectious disease and travel medicine offices) and private practice that provide vaccination injections do so according to their price list and the vaccination is paid for by the patient.

 

Vaccines provided outside of the immunisation schedule and emergency aid shall be paid for by the patient (or the patient’s employer, when agreed upon). The employer finances vaccination in areas where the duties are linked to a risk of infectious diseases.

 

Vaccination at your family physician, on the basis of the immunisation schedule, is free of charge, no separate visit fee applies.

 

Cost-effectiveness

The main benefits of vaccines are reducing suffering and the preservation of human life. In addition, a functioning immunisation scheme has a positive effect on the wider healthcare system, as prevention of severe infectious diseases requires fewer resources than dealing with their consequences. In this way, the healthcare system can focus its attention on treating other diseases.

 

According to the World Health Organization, every € 1 directed into vaccination will bring a return of € 16 in the form of reduced healthcare expenditure and higher economic productivity (people can lead their normal lives instead of being sick).