Lack of vaccination protection for measles with consequences

Lack of vaccination protection for measles with consequences


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Vaccination protection incomplete despite progress

24.05.2014
Vaccination protection for children in Lower Saxony and Bremen remains incomplete despite considerable progress. Although more than nine out of ten children would now receive the recommended vaccinations before they start school, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) believes that measles often does not do this in time and to the extent necessary to overcome the disease. Experts believe that vaccination rates for standard vaccinations for children against measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis B must continue to be improved.

Vaccination target of 95 percent In 2012, almost 93 percent of Lower Saxony's first graders had complete protection against measles. This emerges from the data of the RKI evaluated by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK). In 2006 the rate was just under 82 percent. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has set a 95 percent vaccination target to defeat measles. Parents are advised by the health insurance fund to ensure timely and complete vaccination protection. But there are also vaccination gaps in older people, since there was no vaccination recommendation in their childhood.

Many adults fall ill with measles Lower Saxony's Minister of Health Cornelia Rundt (SPD) said according to a message from the news agency dpa: "We strongly recommend getting vaccination against measles, it is a highly contagious disease - but the decision of the parents remains one Vaccination. ”In 2013, 39 percent of measles sufferers were over 20 years old, the TK said. And around nine percent were even 40 years or older. In adults, measles was often only recognized late, as it is still often considered a childhood disease. "The outbreak last year affected rather young adults, so everyone should be vaccinated from the year of birth 1970," said the minister. It is important that parents who go to examinations with their children also check again whether they are sufficiently vaccinated themselves.

Measles with serious complications The complications could be serious, especially for adults. At the onset of the disease, in addition to the typical red skin spots, headaches, fever, conjunctivitis, as well as runny nose and cough usually occur. Sometimes there are additional side effects such as otitis media, diarrhea, pneumonia or even inflammation of the brain. According to the Ministry of Infection Protection Officer Fabian Feil, one reason for a lack of vaccination protection, for example, is that children fall ill on the scheduled date and the vaccination will then be forgotten. In addition, there are parents who are critical of vaccinations. However, these are in the minority, as a survey carried out in 2011 on behalf of the Federal Center for Health Education showed. According to this, 64 percent of the parents had no reservations about vaccination, 35 percent were skeptical and only 1 percent were opposed to vaccination. You can now get a quadruple vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox in Germany. (ad)

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