Bahr wants to avoid measles vaccination



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Federal Minister of Health against measles vaccination

In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (F.A.S.), Federal Minister of Health Bahr mentioned a number of planned measures that should help to increase the vaccination rate for measles without introducing vaccination.

Avoid compulsory vaccination In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (F.A.S.), Federal Health Minister Daniel Bahr (FDP) is hopeful and names measures that should help to make measles vaccination unnecessary. In the interview that this Sunday in the F.A.S. reads, he said: "I have not yet given up hope that we can get around the need for vaccination with the measures mentioned." The means to improve the vaccination rate include more money for education and the plan, the vaccination status to query children earlier in the future.

Teething you have to go through Since the beginning of the year, the Robert Koch Institute estimates that around 1,200 people in Germany have contracted measles. Since this unusual increase, the pros and cons of compulsory vaccination have been increasingly discussed. In this context, late vaccinations are also being discussed, since according to scientists from the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, only about every third child in this country is adequately protected from measles. However, many legal guardians make a deliberate decision against appropriate prevention. According to a survey by the polling institute "YouGov", many parents explained the lack of measles vaccination protection on the grounds: "I consider it a childhood disease that can and must be experienced."

Exterminating measles in Germany In the FAS discussion, the minister warned: "But if it is not possible to eradicate measles in Germany in the next few years, there will be no avoiding the debate about compulsory vaccination." : "It is clear to me that this raises difficult legal questions, including those relating to sanctions: What should I do with those who refuse to have themselves or their children vaccinated?" According to Bahr, the Federal Ministry of Health is working on a regulation, in the future Check the vaccination status when children are admitted to kindergarten or daycare. So far, this only happens before school starts. "This makes it easier to remind parents to have their children vaccinated in good time," said Bahr.

Exclude from school If there is a case of measles, it is also planned to exclude unvaccinated children from school. According to the Minister, these children should be released from compulsory education. Again he warned of the dangers of the disease because measles could be fatal. He said: "I find it irresponsible not to have your children vaccinated." This could infect people who cannot tolerate vaccination. "Their lives are endangered," quotes the F.A.S. the Federal Minister of Health. (ad)

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