What to vaccinate against?

There is no compulsory vaccination in Germany, but probably the recommendations of the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO), which advises the health authorities of the federal states at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. These recommendations are regularly reviewed and updated.

Vaccination recommendations of the STIKO

The STIKO recommends vaccinations against:

  • diphtheria
  • measles
  • rubella
  • mumps
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Polio (polio)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (purulent meningitis Hib)
  • Hepatitis B (hepatitis / jaundice)
  • pneumococcal
  • rotavirus
  • Meningococci C
  • Chickenpox (varicella)

Older people will also get the flu shot, people in medical jobs in addition to the vaccine against hepatitis A and B. A cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine is recommended for girls and boys aged 9 to 14 years.

Also vaccinate before traveling

It is important to inform yourself about possible illnesses before you plan your trip. The family doctor should therefore be consulted before traveling - especially abroad - and in all matters relating to vaccination in any case.

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