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Protection while traveling: Measles vaccination protection is especially necessary in holiday countries
The increasing number of measles cases in Germany has been pointed out for months. Cases of illness were also increasingly reported from holiday countries such as Italy, France or Greece. Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml is now calling for vaccination protection to be checked before going on vacation.
Measles cases are increasingly reported from holiday countries
Some people still dismiss measles as a harmless childhood disease. But the disease also affects adults. As a message from the Ministry of Health of Bavaria shows, the number of measles cases in the Free State has increased significantly compared to the same period in the previous year. Measles cases are also increasingly reported from holiday countries such as France, Greece and Italy. The Bavarian Minister of Health therefore calls for her own vaccination protection to be checked before traveling.
Cases of illness have doubled
“In Bavaria, 89 cases of measles have already been reported to us this year. That is more than twice as many cases as in the same period last year. That is why we must not let up in our efforts to close the vaccine gaps in the population in the future either!
“Your own vaccination protection should be checked again just before your next vacation trip. A missing vaccination should then be carried out in consultation with the doctor, ”said the minister, who is herself a licensed doctor.
"Because measles cases are also increasing in the classic German holiday countries such as France, Greece and Italy."
High proportion of sick adolescents and adults
According to the information, measles reports have recorded a high proportion of sick adolescents and adults in recent years.
In Bavaria, a good half of the reported cases (55 percent) in the years from 2013 to 2018 (up to reporting week 30) were 15 to 45 years old.
"We recommend having your vaccination card checked regularly for due or missing vaccinations," said Huml.
“The following applies to measles: only those who have been vaccinated against measles twice in childhood or once in adulthood have complete protection. Adults especially need measles vaccination if they have not been vaccinated, only received vaccination in childhood or if the vaccination status is unclear. "
The President of the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL), Dr. Andreas Zapf added: “Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases. They can also take a very severe course in adults, leading to brain inflammation or even death. Vaccination, on the other hand, offers effective protection. "
Protect yourself and others
Huml emphasized: “Those who are vaccinated protect themselves and others! Opponents of vaccination should also consider this. "
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "a vaccination rate of at least 95 percent is necessary to eliminate measles," said the minister.
In connection with the infectious disease, there is a lot of discussion about a possible measles vaccination in Germany. In Italy, such was introduced by law last year.
A majority of Germans would welcome vaccination, but numerous experts are against it. They prefer education rather than vaccination. (ad)