Have you seen the news about the new law that called for mandatory measles vaccination in Germany?
It’s true, although it certainly won’t cause “death and injury rates” to sky rocket.
Why Did Germany Make the MMR Vaccine Mandatory?
So why did it happen?
“Often, there is a lack of information or targeted disinformation that prevents people from getting themselves or their children vaccinated and exposure to avoidable health hazards.”Opinion of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Drugs, On the Quality and Safety of Vaccines
Germany has been one of the countries most affected by measles outbreaks in Europe over the past few years, with over 5,000 cases since 2015.
And at least three measles deaths, including an unvaccinated toddler. Plus additional deaths from SSPE.
And almost all of the cases are among those who are unvaccinated.
This led to the reestablishment of endemic measles virus transmission in Germany in 2017, even as we are supposed to be working towards eliminating measles.
So what does mandatory measles vaccination in Germany mean?
“The bill stipulates that all children from the age of one on entering the school or kindergarten must have the measles vaccine recommended by the Standing Vaccination Commission. In the case of care by a childminder, proof of measles vaccination usually has to be provided.
The same applies to persons who work in community facilities or medical facilities such as educators, teachers, day care workers and medical staff (if these were born after 1970). Asylum seekers and refugees must also have the vaccine protection four weeks after admission to a shared accommodation.”Vaccination is designed to protect children from measles
Passage of the Measles Protection Act (Masernschutzgesetz), which goes into effect on March 1, 2020, also means that parents can be fined up to €2,500 if they don’t vaccinate their children, daycare centers can be fined for admitting unvaccinated children, and certain unvaccinated workers, including healthcare workers, can be fined.
“Since measles vaccination is highly effective and very well tolerated, the German Ethics Council is of the opinion that every person is morally obliged to have him- or herself vaccinated against measles and, if applicable, to provide appropriate immunisation for his or her own children.”Ethics Council: Increasing measles vaccination rate by a package of measures rather than by mandatory vaccination
While some oppose the law, including the German Ethics Council, it is important to note that few people see mandatory vaccination as the first step in getting folks vaccinated and protected. It is typically one of the last measures taken after everything else has failed and outbreaks are once again getting out of control, with people dying needlessly of an easily preventable disease.
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More on Mandatory Measles Vaccination in Germany
- Who Dies with Measles
- How Many People Have Died from Measles in 2019?
- More About Measles Deaths in the United States
- Where Is Measles on the Rise?
- Measles Deaths in the 21st Century
- Why Do We Include SSPE When Counting Measles Deaths?
- Did the Measles Vaccine Have Only a Meager Effect on Measles Deaths?
- Opinion of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Drugs, On the Quality and Safety of Vaccines
- Vaccination is designed to protect children from measles
- The vaccination system in Germany
- Epidemiological situation of measles and rubella in Germany in 2018
- Vaccination rates at the school entrance examination in Germany 2016
- Annual Status Update on Measles and Rubella Elimination for 2016 Germany
- Bundestag resolves measles law
- Ethics Council: Increasing measles vaccination rate by a package of measures rather than by mandatory vaccination
- And another SSPE case: Angelina is dying
- SSPE – a dangerous complication from not getting the measles vaccine
- Study – Epidemiology of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) in Germany from 2003 to 2009: a risk estimation.
- ECDC – Communicable disease threats report, 6-12 January 2019, week 2
- ECDC – Measles
- WHO – Measles and Rubella Surveillance Data
- MMWR – Progress Toward Regional Measles Elimination — Worldwide, 2000–2017
- Measles Doesn’t Kill, Except When It Does