The health insurance Barmer has warned of dangerous Impflücken with several hundred thousand children in Germany. More than one in five babies born in 2015 was not or not fully vaccinated against measles in his first two years of life, said the Barmer with reference to their own investigation. The study is based on the analysis of data from more than 45,000 Barmer insured children.
Extrapolated to the total population, the study showed a figure of nearly 166,000 biennials that were without full measles protection in 2017. "In Germany, still too few children are vaccinated, which makes the elimination of certain infectious diseases impossible and prevents the protection of all those who can not be vaccinated," said Barmer CEO Christoph Straub.
According to the health insurance, the investigations also showed that picking in older children are more serious than expected. Thus, among children of school age, no vaccine coverage rate of more than 90 percent was achieved in any of the 13 most prevalent infectious diseases in 2017. To protect the entire population, the vaccination rate must be more than 95 percent.
The data from the school entrance examinations at the Robert Koch Institute show that the quota is met with about 97 percent at the first measles vaccine. The second measles vaccine is almost 93 percent. However, about nine percent of first-graders had no vaccination certificate, which is why their vaccination status could not be determined. That could also explain the difference to the Barmer numbers. The RKI himself points out in analyzes that the vaccination quotas he quoted are probably a bit too high.
In July, the federal cabinet had decided to mandatory measles vaccine. From March 2020, children and staff in day-care centers and schools, workers in medical facilities and staff in so-called community facilities will have to prove that they have been vaccinated. These include asylum seeker homes, refugee shelters and holiday camps. In the event of a breach of the regulation, a fine of 2,500 euros and the exclusion of unvaccinated children from day care centers are threatened.