Nahles argues for mandatory vaccination against measles

Plans for a measles vaccination in Germany to be more specific. At the beginning of may is expected to be a proposal of the competent Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU). He has called for mandatory measles vaccinations for children in daycare centers and schools. Also, the SPD is in favour of. The CSU Chairman Markus Söder, however, is skeptical.

Among the countries there is currently no unified Position. Some want to wait for the proposal of the Federal government. Next to the Brandenburg Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia’s state government is determined to be a mandatory vaccination. Currently, the country is exploring, but still.

The SPD Chairman Nahles supports Spahns projects. “I think it is right, in the case of very contagious diseases, such as measles, a vaccination,” she said of the “süddeutsche Zeitung”. It is not only the health of the children, but also to the protection of older people with a weakened immune system from infection.

“Global Health Threat”

“The individual freedom has its limits where it endangers the health of many others,” said Nahles. “And this is clearly not the case: The world health organization WHO has declared the refusal to allow a shot for the measles recently after all, one of the global threats to Health.”

CSU chief Söder advertises, however, for voluntary vaccinations, a vaccination but skeptical. To do this, there is currently no initiative, said the Bavarian Prime Minister on Sunday in Munich. The Coverage should be sufficient so that such measures should not be considered.

Measles are highly contagious and can extend in rare cases, even fatal. In addition to the acute disease may occur as a late consequence of inflammation of the brain. The Standing Committee on vaccination at the Robert Koch-Institute recommends that children within the first two years, twice against measles vaccination: for The first Time between the eleventh and 14., the second between the 15. 23. Month.

Nevertheless, a compulsion to measles should not be to enforce vaccination easily. The scientific service of the Bundestag, had already noted two years ago on constitutional issues. The experts do not exclude the possibility of a mandatory vaccination for certain diseases to enforce, generally speaking.

Brandenburg Advance

Beyond the legal issue, the vaccination is done in several steps, and then to take effect. Decided it must be so also about the vaccine and about whether or not there are triple or quadruple shots.

Brandenburg was ahead on Thursday. The Parliament called on the red-red state government with a broad majority, to create the conditions to ensure that up to a Federal regulatory solution to a vaccination as a mandatory prerequisite for attending day-care centres and day care. At the same time, the government should introduce an initiative in the Bundesrat. Thuringia’s education Minister Helmut Holter (Left party) argued on Sunday that his government supports the Initiative.

A vaccination for kindergarten children was more than what had been decided by the Federal government in the last parliamentary term, to stricter rules. Since then, parents who want to send their children to day-care centres need to be able to, among other things, a mandatory vaccination advice prove. Also in this case it was so that the Federal government pretended the uniform Federal framework for the should implement the country then.

After a measles outbreak in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the members of the opposition in Hamburg, the CDU called for a vaccination of all city employees who work with children. In addition, attendance at a day-care centre for children should be “properly proven to the vaccination status”, said the spokeswoman, Birgit Stöver. According to the Hamburg Senate, the Coverage is 93.5 percent. The “not sufficient to prevent infection completely, let alone the measles completely eradicate,” says Stöver.

Hesse’s Minister of health, Kai Klose (Green) to provide a better education for higher vaccination rates. “From our point of view, a vaccination at the Moment is not proportionate and not necessary,” he said.