In Germany, fewer children against measles seem to be vaccinated as a thought

In Germany, fewer children against measles seem to be vaccinated as a thought


According to an analysis of the Barmer health insurance there are well-known in Germany, significantly larger gaps than previously.

The Fund has examined, among other things, for around 45,700 School payroll data, which were insured in 2017 with her. Accordingly, were immunized with none of the major infectious disease such as measles, Mumps or rubella sufficient children, told the barmen in your medicine report.

The vaccination rates were according to the cashier is consistently under 90 percent. It was alarming, said the Barmer-chief Executive Christoph Straub. Because for a protective effect in the company’s immunisation rates of at least 95 percent would be necessary. “The gaps in the case of small children in Germany are greater than previously known,” said Daniel Grandt, co-author of the Barmer-drug reports, and chief physician at the Klinikum Saarbrücken.

So was under the Barmer-Insured, more than every fifth child born in 2015, in the first two years of life is not at all or only partially vaccinated against measles. The lag vaccination rate – i.e. the proportion of children who had received the two planned measles vaccination – only in the case of 78.9 percent. In the case of six-year-old children, which came in 2011 to the world, the measles vaccination Coverage in case of Barmer-Insured 88.8%.

In addition, the merciful has analyzed its Insured also, how many of the children had received in the first two years of life at all, none of the 13 recommended vaccinations: The 1855 children, coming in 2015 to the world – about three per cent.

“Too many children are unnecessarily at risk”

Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU) sees itself according to these new Numbers in the planned measles vaccination confirmed. “No matter how you add it up, it remains the case that Too many children are needlessly at risk because too few children are vaccinated against measles,” said the CDU politician.

The Federal Cabinet had in mid-July, a new law for a measles vaccination on the way. As of March 2020, the parents must demonstrate, prior to the inclusion of their children in a nursery or school that they are vaccinated. The Bundestag must agree to the law.

According to the official data of the school entrance investigations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) was the vaccination Coverage for the first measles vaccination in 2017, at around 97 percent. In the case of the second measles vaccination, there were almost 93 percent. However, about nine percent of school beginners had no Vaccination card.

The specified vaccination rates, therefore, may be a little high, admitted the RKI itself. You would see all of the children without a vaccination card than unvaccinated, this would result in a Coverage of 81.4%. The Barmer-data with 88.8% were between that in the most unfavorable assumption and the cheapest by almost 93 percent.

Positive Trend

The evaluation of the Barmer was thorough, informed the RKI further. “With the data, only about eleven percent of the publicly Insured in Germany shown in the picture and it remains open how representative this is insured clientele for Germany.” however,

The health insurance companies AOK and TK carried out according to its own data, no vaccination surveys for your Insured. There is, however, an evaluation of the physicians ‘ Association, which also works with accounting data of the Insured. The most recent data for 2014 result in a two-year nationwide measles vaccination Coverage increased from 73.9 per cent, but with large regional Differences from 68.9 percent in the state of Baden-Württemberg to 80.5 percent in Hamburg.

In spite of the gaps in the Barmer-statistics shows a positive Trend: In the case of measles, the rates increased from 73.8 percent in 2010 to 78.9 percent in the class of 2015. A similarly positive development, there was also Mumps and rubella. The Association of sickness Fund doctors documented a similar increase. The most recent data for the 2014 nationwide measles vaccination Coverage increased from 73.9 per cent, approximately three percentage points more than in 2010.