Berlin - 46 cases of measles were reported in Germany in the first seven weeks of the year. This is based on statistics of vaccine-preventable diseases from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) (). Last year there were significantly more with 145 measles cases. Most cases this year were then with 18 in Bavaria, followed by Hesse with six cases and Baden-Württemberg and Berlin with four cases each. The data status of the new figures received by the RKI is March 7th.
The German Society for Internal Medicine () pointed out in the run-up to its annual conference that Germany is at the bottom of measles elimination in Europe. Other vaccination coverage for protection against infectious diseases also left something to be desired. “Overall, an increase in vaccination skepticism is observed in western countries,” explained the DGIM.
The specialist society makes it clear that if the vaccination rate is too low, herd immunity is no longer guaranteed and preventable infectious diseases can spread or even revive. Since vaccinations are carried out on healthy people, special care should be demanded from the medical profession and disputed points should also be discussed critically, according to the DGIM Mannheim made. One of these will take place on April 16, 2018 from 12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the congress in Mannheim. “The risk-benefit calculation clearly speaks in favor of vaccinations. The scientifically clear facts just have to reach people emotionally, ”emphasized the specialist society.