Insurance company warns of gaps – the creation of 166,000 infants without adequate measles protection

After an analysis of the health insurance company Barmer the gaps in Germany could be greater than previously thought. 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. Also in older children the ratio was in the case of Barmer-Insured 90 per cent. Thus, despite rising vaccination rates more significant gaps, informed the cashier.

In order to protect the entire population, and a so-called herd protection to build up the vaccination rates for measles more than 95 percent. According to the data of the Robert Koch Institute, which is based on school entrance examinations, will be met this quota during the first measles vaccination, with around 97 percent. In the case of the second measles vaccination, there are nearly 93 percent. However, about nine percent of school beginners had no Impfausweise. Your vaccination status could not be determined. This could also explain the difference to the Barmer-Pay. The RKI points in analyses, even to the fact that the vaccination rates are probably a bit too high.


Extrapolated to the total population of the Barmer study revealed a number of just over 166,000 two-year-olds were in the year 2017 without the full measles protection. “In Germany, still too few children are vaccinated. This makes the eradication of certain infectious diseases is impossible, and prevents the protection for all those who can’t vaccinate,” warned Barmer-chief Executive Christoph Straub.

For their analysis, the Fund has reviewed the vaccination status of more than 45,000 in the case of your insured children from settlements. Such analyses of individual funds don’t have to be necessarily representative of the General population. The Barmer health insurance company with about nine million policyholders of the biggest health insurance companies in Germany.

Large regional differences in the vaccination Coverage

The survey also documented regional differences in the vaccination rates in children. In Bavaria, 5.3 per cent of all two year olds were not at all vaccinated, in Brandenburg, by contrast, only 2.2 percent. Overall, the vaccination rates were, according to the Barmer also in Baden-Württemberg, Thüringen and Bremen rather low. However, they were also in lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate comparatively high.

Measles are caused by viruses and are highly contagious. Measles is everyone sick of the infection yet or not adequately covered by vaccination, is protected can. Babies can not be vaccinated, adults and people with weakened Immune status, are considered to be particularly at risk.

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