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Measles outbreak in lower Saxony : vaccination cases in Germany: Too many to measles

After the measles outbreak at one of the Hildesheim school, the number of recorded disease cases in the district has now risen to 24. In addition, two siblings, children of sick children, as well as another man, and it is not to handle the students that were affected, the district said on Monday.

Only vaccinated children to the school

Only vaccinated students, the Oskar Schindler are allowed to attend school until the end of the next week. How many children are affected by the temporary exclusion should only be on Tuesday. Many students had reported on Monday at the health Department, your immunity to the disease evidence, informed the County (between Braunschweig and Hanover).

When a control on Friday, workers had already 510 students, teachers, and other School a vaccination card with the appropriate evidence to submit. The remaining 190 students and workers were given until Monday afternoon to report to the health office. Were checked in addition, the immunisation records of 70 children from a nearby elementary school who had visited in the possible infection period in the cafeteria of the school.

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The Ministry of health in Hanover, had justified the drastic measure of a school-entry ban for unvaccinated students. The school should make in consultation with the district health authority has a legal balance between compulsory education and the protection of children against a contagious disease.

The German society for child and youth medicine (DGKJ) called for a compulsory vaccination. Measles are extremely contagious and potentially deadly. After such a disease could occur even years later to an inflammation of the brain, for which there is no treatment and all of the affected patients die. "It is not understandable to me why, in spite of these data, parents don't vaccinate their children," said the DGKJ-Secretary-General Burkhard Rodeck.

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