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Infections: Jens Spahn promotes measles vaccination


Should a measles vaccine be required in kindergartens and schools? The Federal Minister of Health is in favor. The Bundestag is debating its proposal for the first time today.

The Bundestag advises today on Friday in the first reading about the introduction of a compulsory measles vaccine in community facilities such as day nurseries and schools. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) previously campaigned again for such a vaccination. It was necessary, because the experience showed that "alone the enlightenment and informing is not enough," said Spahn in the ARD morning magazine. "In 2019, no child or adult should have more measles." The measles vaccine has been tested, measles diseases are thus easy to avoid. Vaccinations, according to Spahn, are "one of the greatest achievements of humanity".

Spahn wants to introduce a vaccination requirement for March 2020, which will apply to day-care centers, schools, other community facilities, day care and refugee accommodation. According to the plans, teachers, daycare staff and doctors must also have adequate vaccination coverage. Daycare centers and schools are unlikely to accommodate children without vaccine protection, otherwise fines could threaten up to € 2,500. Among other things, critics of compulsory vaccination cite the fundamental right to physical integrity.

Paediatricians are for vaccination

In addition to the mandatory vaccination required by him, the education work must be strengthened, said Spahn - about with the help of a digital vaccination certificate, through campaigns in the social media and digital vaccination memories. The latter, in particular, are of importance because, for example, in measles, the second necessary vaccination is often simply forgotten.

The president of the Professional Association of Children and Youth Physicians, Thomas Fischbach, was also in favor of vaccination. "This is a very important tool to finally eradicate the measles," he told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung . Fischbach called on the legislator to prescribe vaccinations against other diseases: "The problem does not stop with measles: A vaccination for other contagious diseases such as whooping cough would help to protect even the smallest children." The French make it, and that has an effect . "

Source: zeit

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