Many schoolchildren without measles vaccination

Many schoolchildren without measles vaccination

Measles: Only two federal states achieve the recommended vaccination rate
09.11.2014

Not only many adults, but also almost eight percent of those starting school in Germany do not have measles vaccination protection. The vaccination rate, which is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), was only achieved in two federal states in 2012.

Almost eight percent of school beginners not sufficiently vaccinated It was recently reported that many adults in Germany do not have adequate vaccination protection against measles. According to experts, too few children in this country are completely vaccinated against the infectious disease. On average, 92.4 percent of new schoolchildren are fully protected against measles with two vaccinations, as the Techniker-Krankenkasse (TK) said, citing new figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). But this is not enough, writes the "world". According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the vaccination rate for children must be at least 95 percent - and that over several years - in order to eradicate the dangerous disease in a country.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg reach quota According to the figures published at the end of October, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has the highest vaccination rate among ABC shooters at 95.8 percent. Otherwise, the required quota of 95 percent in the 2012 survey year only reached Brandenburg. Hamburg, Bavaria, Berlin, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony, which were all below the national average, came in last, the latter two even with quotas below 90 percent. As the "Welt" writes, the health insurance company emphasizes that measles is not a harmless childhood disease.

Four-year-old girl will die from measles As often described by experts, measles disease usually starts with a fever, conjunctivitis, as well as runny nose and cough, in addition to the typical red skin spots. The immune system is often weakened for weeks, which can lead to complications such as otitis media or diarrhea. Life-threatening or even fatal complications such as pneumonia or brain infections can also occur in some cases. This is also shown by the current case of little Aliana from Hesse: the four-year-old will die from measles.

One of the most contagious diseases ever The RKI registered around 1,770 measles cases nationwide in 2013. With around 22 cases per million inhabitants, this is significantly more than the WHO is aiming for. Even if critics of the measles vaccination repeatedly refer to possible side effects such as fever, fatigue, headache, redness, pain and swelling at the injection site, the vast majority of experts recommend vaccination. The Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA), for example, calls on adolescents and young adults to check their measles vaccination protection. As the health authority said, measles is one of the most contagious diseases.

Protection for yourself and others "Vaccination not only protects yourself from infection, but also others who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons or because they are too young," says director Elisabeth Pott, according to Die Welt. The BZgA wants to draw attention to the prevention with the nationwide campaign "Germany is looking for the vaccination certificate". The Standing Vaccination Committee (STIKO) recommends two vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR vaccination) for children aged eleven months to the end of the second year of life. In addition, the health center advises those born after 1970 to be vaccinated if they were vaccinated only once during childhood or if their vaccination protection is unclear. "If many are vaccinated, outbreaks can be prevented, for example, in daycare centers, schools, universities, at work or at major events," said Pott. (ad)

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