Spahn wants to measles vaccination in refugee accommodation

Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to bring in on Wednesday extended the draft law for the measles vaccination to the Federal Cabinet. This provides, among other things, a mandatory vaccination in refugee accommodation, as well as for childminders and nursery staff, as a spokeswoman for the Federal health Ministry said. It thus confirmed a report of the “Bild am Sonntag”.

Already in may, the basic principles of vaccination were to become law known. Therefore, children should be Impfverweigerern from the Kita excluded, in the case of school children, fines of up to 2500 euros can be due.

The new draft also contains three extensions. In addition to the vaccination in refugee accommodation, as well as for childminders and staff in day-care centres the Ministry is planned according to the health, in the future, voluntary series of vaccinations to schools. The goal is to increase the Vaccination also in other diseases such as Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough.

The mandatory vaccinations are planned, starting in March of next year. The “Bild am Sonntag”, according to parents, nursery staff or childminders need to provide proof by July 2021. A newly arriving asylum seekers would have to show the vaccination no later than four weeks after his arrival.

Because Refugees often come from countries with dysfunctional health system, not many are vaccinated adequately. The close living together in refugee accommodation, also favors the spread of infectious diseases.

The ethics Council provides vaccination plans critical

“A person or his kids vaccinated, endangering not only themselves, but in an open society, other”, law, Spahn made his plans in the “Bild am Sonntag”. He wanted, if possible, to protect all children from infection with the measles.

Measles is a highly contagious disease, when it can come in rare cases to life-threatening complications. The illness numbers in Germany vary from year to year. This year the Robert Koch Institute were reported until mid-June, more than 400 cases.

The German ethics Council, had spoken out recently against a General vaccination. In the end of June published opinion, the panel recommended a compulsory vaccination only for certain occupational groups in the health sector and in the field of education. A vaccination for children linked to financial penalties the Council of ethics rejects, however, among other things, because the children of financially disadvantaged parents were much more likely to suffer from the consequences as the children of wealthy parents.

2017 97.1 percent of school beginners were nationwide, once vaccinated against measles, the second dose had 92.8 percent. The measles can be eliminated, would have received, according to the world health organization (WHO) at least 95 percent of the inhabitants of both vaccinations.