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Warning, more and more diseases : SPD-expert required measles vaccination

When he was still Minister of health, stand Jens Spahn in the topic to the forefront. Together with the SPD expert, Karl Lauterbach, he demanded in the face of

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Warning, more and more diseases : SPD-expert required measles vaccination

When he was still Minister of health, stand Jens Spahn in the topic to the forefront. Together with the SPD expert, Karl Lauterbach, he demanded in the face of a recent record-breaking wave of Infection a vaccination against measles. He saw a historic opportunity, "is now just about compulsory vaccination of the measles in Germany to exterminate," said the CDU politician in March 2015.

The former Minister and party friend of Spahn, Hermann Gröhe slowed. At the end there were a few minor obligations via prevention act. Parents now have to prove before you send children to daycare or Kindergarten, vaccination advice. Not vaccinated can be briefly from the day-care centre visit excluded if the health Department deems necessary. Particularly annoying Impfmuffel-parents threatened with fines of up to 2500 euros.

the health Ministry wants to wait and see

Now, four years later, the question after a measles vaccination back in the political space. He was with the Minister of health in an interview, confirmed Lauterbach to the daily mirror. And while the SPD politician persists in his claim at that time, want to wait for the Spahn led the Ministry. You have to see whether the measures of the 2015 fruit be deceiving, said a spokeswoman for the newspaper.

on the occasion of the new debate are cases, massive warnings of international organisations on an alarming global increase in Measles. World's 98 countries had registered in the past year, a stronger presence of this dangerous virus infection than in the previous year, according to a recent report by the UN children's Agency, Unicef. Thus, in the past, progress against this often deadly disease would be undone. The highest increase in the Ukraine, the Philippines and Brazil.

110.000 measles deaths worldwide in the past year

Previously, the world health organization had declared the refusal of vaccination to become one of the ten largest global health risks – and as a proof the return of the measles outbreak. Been around the world by 2017, 30 percent more people were affected than in the previous year. And in the year 2018 229.000 cases of infectious disease were reported. 110,000 people have died, most of them children under five years of age.

The call for a vaccination but it is also related to the frustration that in Germany there is so little moved. To be able to the highly dangerous viral disease finally to defeat, had to be at least 95 percent of the population is vaccinated against measles. In fact, there are in this country, in the meantime, though almost 93 percent of all school beginners, but still less than, 60 percent of 18 - to 44-Year-old. The Problem is mainly young adults that were diagnosed after the start of vaccinations in the year 1973 are from an experts point of view, at the same time but were not Vaccinated. In addition, many children were vaccinated too late.

543 cases in Germany and more than 80 of the target

would you follow the WHO-high statement that a measles case should come to a Million inhabitants, Germany far in the year 80 of the cases, says the spokeswoman for the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Sabine Glasmacher. 2018 you had come on 543 cases. 929 there were the year before. And as the record holder since the introduction of the reporting obligation, the years are cases in 2015, with 2465 and 2013 1768 Measles.

The measures of the prevention law had been "a step in the right direction," says Lauterbach. They would be of but little. It is worrying that you get the Problem of recurrent measles outbreaks in the handle. "A vaccination would be important," the expert said. To enforce it, he could imagine sanctions.

Lauterbach calls on chambers of Physicians, and the Green

at the same time Lauterbach went to the doctors chambers, opposite us is a unique combination in its own ranks massive. Who ignorance with medical authority to external scientific vaccination, should be sanctioned legally, he demanded. And also the Green should not "ducking". Since the clientele of this party, particularly many opponents would expect it from their politicians, clearer announcements. "The commitment of the Greens for vaccinations is much too weak," says Lauterbach.

Green-expert Kordula Schulz-Asche, rejected this. Your party defend against a mandatory vaccination, have to do with it, that the right to self-determination of citizens higher value when you eat, she told the daily mirror. The recommendations of the RKI are but "for people to understand, which the pharmaceutical industry mistrust". And the social solidarity of the territories, to get vaccinated.

RKI-President: Outreach Impfangebote would be helpful

That left too many, is mainly due to two things, says the Green party politician. There is a lack of good, target-group-oriented advice. And Vaccinate the whole family at the doctor is many to elaborate. Could help with this outreach offers of the public health service in kindergartens, schools and companies. Or a way to let you in pharmacies to vaccinate.

Also, the President of the Robert Koch Institute holds a little bit of a vaccination against measles. For one, you can't reach this, the main problem group of unvaccinated adult, argued Lothar Wieler already before one and a half years in the "Ärzte-Zeitung". On the other, in this case to skeptics. Measles outbreaks be prevent only with more commitment. This also includes more funding for the public health offices.

majority of the citizens for vaccination

Among the citizens, there is a clear majority in favour of a General vaccination. According to a representative survey of the Schwenninger health insurance company, from December 2018, 77 per cent are in favour of such default for certain groups of people – above all for small children in the crèche or kindergarten age (87 percent), school children (81 percent) and infants (73 percent). In the new Federal States the rate is 86 percent, in the West at 75 percent.

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the Unesco report, Where is the measles epidemic is particularly dramatic?

Rainer Woratschka

Only for adults, the skepticism prevails, only 39 percent are for a vaccination. On diseases related to the citizens, particularly vaccination against Tetanus (88 percent), polio (75 percent) and measles (69 percent). It rubella (67 percent), Mumps, and diphtheria (66 percent), TBE (53 per cent), HPV (50 percent) and flu (38 percent).

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