Minister of Health: Stricter measures against opponents of vaccination planned

Minister of Health: Stricter measures against opponents of vaccination planned

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In Germany there is no compulsory vaccination, in contrast to other countries. However, there is an obligation to seek advice on vaccinations.

Measles dead in Germany
Recently, a 37-year-old woman died of measles, who had only been vaccinated against the disease once in childhood.

Stronger surveillance
Federal Minister of Health Gröhe now wants to enforce the obligation to provide vaccination advice with tougher sanctions than before.

In the future, daycare centers should inform the health department if parents do not provide proof of vaccination advice.

Measles can be prevented
According to “Bild”, Gröhe said that no one can leave cold when people still die from measles. It is a disease that is considered eradicated in countries like the United States that are “vaccinated”.

“Kita place only with vaccinations”
The chairman of the Federal Association of Pediatricians, Fischbach, even advocates making vaccinations a prerequisite for a day care center.
The state should not allow vaccination gaps for measles, for example.

Parents who refuse to give advice on vaccinations or simply miss them have to pay a fine of up to 2,500 euros.

Daycare centers are a viral paradise
Vaccinators refrain from putting children at risk: daycare centers are a paradise for viruses, bacteria and fungi: they can spread epidemically within a short period of time among unvaccinated children.

Denunciation or epidemic protection?
Denouncing people to state authorities has a particularly bad tradition in Germany. Is it appropriate for vaccination, that is, epidemic protection?

Vaccine opponents as state victims?
Vaccinators often act as martyrs for the freedom of the individual. But they are not: They do not only harm themselves, but also their children and their fellow human beings.

Vaccination and herd immunity
The following applies to vaccinations: the more vaccinated a society is, the less the respective pathogen can spread. Herds immunity also protects the unvaccinated. In measles, the vaccination rate for herd immunity is 95%.

Protection of infants
Not only vaccinators are vaccinated, but also infants. Babies are also particularly vulnerable to pathogens because their immune systems have not yet developed.

Opponents of vaccination
Vaccination opponents are particularly active in classically religious and esoteric scenes: anthroposophists, “German-believing” neo-Nazis and some myths about homeopathy reject vaccinations just like the Taliban in Pakistan.

Religion leads to outbreaks of disease
So measles waves spread in Germany in anthroposophical Waldorf schools. With Calvinists in the so-called "bible belt" in Holland, polio epidemics, measles outbreaks and the most severe rubella embryopathies with deaths in fetuses, deaf and multiply disabled babies were rampant.

Conspiracy myths
Vaccine opponents also overlap with the “lunatic fringe”, the “crazy edge” of the political spectrum. In the conspiracy craze they see themselves as chosen ones who see through secret machinations.

Paranoia and projection
The fear of being betrayed at work, by the authorities and in everyday life becomes a projection that always applies everywhere. Paranoia meets “Germanic medicine” and narrow-minded half-knowledge.

Big vaccination gaps
Measles infections are increasing again in Germany as a result of the lack of vaccinations - waves of a disease that has already been defeated in other industrialized countries. The reason for this are the vaccine gaps.

Distrust and half knowledge
If someone has not yet made a judgment about vaccinations, doctors have not explained how vaccinations work, or, worse, health officials choke off skeptical questions, then they are likely to find out from friends and acquaintances or on the Internet. If people have bad experiences with doctors and authorities, the criticism increases and those affected become susceptible to the opponents of vaccination.

Justified skepticism?
Hardly anything in medicine is as fully documented as the effectiveness of vaccinations, and the claims of the vaccine enemies have long since been refuted. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) writes: "Based on these studies, we now know (...) that measles vaccination does not cause autism, that vaccination against meningitis does not lead to diabetes and that vaccinations are not responsible for the worldwide increase in allergic diseases are."

The danger, especially for children in day care centers, is less so in the ideological opponents of vaccination, but in parents who do not neglect to vaccinate their children. Consequently, it would also be negligent for the state to ignore these vaccination gaps.

Recommendation instead of obligation
Vaccination will not be mandatory in Germany in the future either. However, doctors advise the parents “tendentially”, for example they recommend that all children up to the age of two should receive the first measles vaccine. That was just 75% by 2016.

Vaccination versus self-determination
From 1949 to 1975 there was a general obligation to vaccinate against smallpox in Germany; today there are only compulsory vaccinations for certain professional groups such as soldiers.

Vaccination is not unconstitutional
The Federal Administrative Court ruled that the obligation to vaccinate smallpox was compatible with the Basic Law - and this would logically also apply to other vaccinations.

Vaccination recommendation
Germany, Switzerland and Austria have no statutory and general vaccination requirements, but vaccination recommendations.

Vaccination required
The Czech Republic has compulsory vaccination for measles, Belgium for polio, France for diphtheria, tetanus and polio - Italy also for hepatitis B.

Advice has an impact
A duty to advise is more sensible than a laissez fair attitude. In this way, parents are informed at least once by a doctor - also about the dangers to which they expose their children by refusing to vaccinate.

Child protection in Australia
Australian Minister of Social Affairs Scott Morrison said in 2015: "If some families choose not to vaccinate their children, it will not be supported by medical research nor should taxpayers support this behavior."

Money canceled
Since 2016, parents who do not have their children vaccinated in Australia have lost almost up to 10,000 euros per year per child. State support for childcare and tax relief is no longer available.

State self-defense against epidemics
Vaccine opponents previously had full government support for “conscience reasons”. In return, the number of unvaccinated children under the age of seven rose from 24,000 to 39,000 in ten years.

No complete vaccination
Vaccination is still 90% in Australia. 95% of most diseases are considered stable herd immunity. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)

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