Vaccination: Over half a Million Germans would have to be vaccinated against measles
According to the plans of the Federal Ministry for health (BMG) should be vaccinated in the future, all nursery and school children, as well as certain professional groups such as teachers or teachers against measles. If the vaccination really comes, would probably be far vaccinated more than half a million people in Germany afterwards.
One of the most contagious infectious diseases
“Measles are the most contagious infectious diseases of humans. They bring high Rates of complications and secondary diseases”: these sentences lead to the “draft law for protection against measles and to strengthen the Impfprävention”. With this law the Federal Ministry of health intends to implement the measles vaccination. If this really comes, would be over half a Million German citizens subsequently vaccinated.
Required vaccination coverage rates in Germany are not achieved
In the case of measles, it is, unlike widely believed – not a harmless disease. The disease can be fatal in extreme cases. However, there are ways to protect yourself.
As the Federal Ministry for health (BMG) writes, for the prevention of well tolerated, highly effective vaccines available that provide long-term immunity.
But: “to prevent the circulation of measles vaccination coverage of more than 95 % is required. This will not be achieved in Germany“, – stated in the draft law.
“Vaccinations not only develop for the individual protection against the disease. Vaccinations prevent the spread of the disease in the population, if the achieved vaccination coverage is high enough (herd immunity).“
To be sure that enough people vaccinate, not from rich: “the voluntary nature of The vaccination decision-making has to be suspended for certain groups of people, in order to achieve a higher vaccination rate”.
Because: “A non-vaccination means not only a significant danger to the physical well-being of the non-vaccinated, but is also a risk for other people, for example, because of their age or the particular health restrictions are not vaccinated.”
Therefore, to now get the measles vaccination for children and certain occupational groups.
High fines and Kindergarten-exclusion
The draft of the BMG provides that all children must present upon entry into the school or the Kindergarten, both, from the Standing Committee on vaccination (STIKO) recommended measles vaccinations.
The same applies to people working in community facilities or contact with children: educators, teachers, and medical personnel, the Department said in a statement.
Parents who let their school-age children are not vaccinated, will commit according to the BMG, in the future, an administrative offense and suffer the penalties in the amount of up to EUR 2,500.
Unvaccinated children can be excluded from the visit to the kindergarten. The fine can also be used against kindergartens and day care centers imposed, the non-vaccinated children to allow.
The aim of the act is a significant increase in the vaccination rates, the elimination of measles in Germany.
About 600,000 people would need to be vaccinated
According to media reports, Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to make the measles vaccination to March 2020.
If it actually comes to it, would have to be around 600,000 people subsequently vaccinated.
According to a report in the “image” these are practices of approximately 361.000 non-vaccinated children in day-care centres and schools, as well as approximately 220,000 employees in facilities such as hospitals and doctor’s.
Health Minister defends his project
Since then, the Plan of the Ministry of health was known, the barrage of mass-criticism. Especially the punitive measures many believe that it is plated. However, the Minister of health Spahn defended his project.
On Sunday evening, he said in the ARD“issues of the day“, it was a question of General health. The necessary vaccination rates were not achieved despite intensive education.
In addition, the CDU-politician dismissed the allegation that the draft law adults ignore, which had not been vaccinated adequately. The Minister noted that the debate sharpness of awareness.
“At the same time we have rules that educators, teachers and teachers, but also staff in hospitals must be vaccinated in the public community facilities.”
Unlike the opposition Greens, the coalition partner SPD, the plans. So the SPD-health expert Karl Lauterbach wrote on Twitter:
“The vaccination against measles is right and Spahns proposal corresponds to what could be a common basis for a law. Without this step, we defeat measles. Everything else would only cost time and sacrifice.“
Physicians President supports plans
And also the Federal chamber of physicians President Dr. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, in favour of Spahns plans.
“It is good news that Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn is planning a vaccination for measles. At high vaccination rates, it is possible to eliminate certain pathogens, regional, and even worldwide,“ said Montgomery in a Statement.
“Unfortunately, this message has not arrived still with all Impfgegnern. These people not only endanger themselves and their children, they also harm the society as a Whole“, – said the President of the Federal chamber of physicians.
“This must have an end. The move by the Federal Minister of health for a measles vaccination is therefore an important step at the right time.“
Compared to the news Agency dpa he is restricted but also: “A vaccination is easy to demand but is difficult to implement. I can’t imagine dragging children with the police to Vaccinate.“ (ad)