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Large vaccination requirements for children in France - and soon also in Germany?

Large vaccination requirements for children in France - and soon also in Germany?


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More mandatory vaccinations for toddlers in France

In France, the vaccination requirement for young children was expanded at the beginning of the year. Now children in the first two years of life must be vaccinated against a total of eleven diseases. A few months ago, Italy also decided that children should be vaccinated. In this country, more information is being used instead.

France extends vaccination requirements

Last May, following a measles epidemic, the Italian government decided to vaccinate children for a total of twelve diseases. At the turn of the year, the obligation for children in France was also significantly expanded. Children born from January 1st must be vaccinated against a total of eleven diseases in the first two years of life.

Mandatory vaccinations against eleven diseases

So far, three vaccinations have been mandatory in France: diphtheria, tetanus and polio. Now children must be vaccinated against eight other diseases.

In addition, there are mandatory vaccinations against measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, pneumococci, meningococci, Haemophilus influenzae type b and hepatitis B.

The expansion, which was announced last summer, was decided by Parliament in early December. The decision was sharply criticized by opponents of the vaccination, who fear side effects of the vaccinations.

Majority of Germans for compulsory vaccinations

So far there is no vaccination requirement in Germany. But especially in connection with measles, there is always discussion about whether such should be introduced.

A majority of Germans would welcome vaccination, but numerous experts are against it. They prefer education rather than vaccination.

Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe has announced tougher measures against vaccination opponents, but Germany is a long way from an initial situation like in France.

There are many critics and skeptics. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), it is justified "to require special care when vaccinating and to critically discuss controversial points".

Together with their colleagues from the Paul Ehrlich Institute, the RKI experts provide explanations on the "20 most common objections to vaccination".

One thing is clear: “Vaccinations differ from other medical interventions. On the one hand, they aim not only at the benefit of the individual, but also at protecting the entire population. On the other hand, they are carried out on healthy people. "

Risks are overestimated

Vaccinations are wrongly a controversial topic, says Mag. DDr. Wolfgang Maurer, who is responsible for vaccination at the Vienna University Clinic for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

"Risks are generally misjudged," said the expert in an interview. And: "The frequency of vaccine damage is overestimated, there are often other diseases behind it that occur just after vaccination, but are not the cause, such as many epilepsy."

In principle, vaccination measures can not only protect yourself, but also others. This can also prevent deaths, as is repeatedly shown, among other things, in measles diseases in small children. (ad)

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