“Germany is looking for the vaccination pass” – this old slogan is more relevant these days than ever. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to protect yourself against infectious diseases as well as possible. The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) appointed by the Federal Ministry of Health recommends that every adult get a booster vaccination against tetanus (tetanus), diphtheria (respiratory tract infection) and pertussis (whooping cough) after ten years. People aged 60 and over should also be immunized against pneumococci (bacteria that can cause pneumonia).
Flu vaccination for these people
There is particularly great interest in the flu vaccination this season. It used to look different. According to the STIKO, only about 35 percent of people over the age of 60 were vaccinated against the flu in recent years. They belong to the risk groups for whom the influenza vaccination is generally recommended. This also applies to:
- Pregnant women
- chronically ill
- Residents of retirement or nursing homes
- People who live with or look after people at risk
Vaccination should also be given to people who are exposed to an increased risk because of their occupation, for example medical staff and people in facilities with large amounts of public traffic.
Influenza: No general vaccination recommendation
“Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, these recommendations remain valid,” emphasizes the Robert Koch Institute. However, despite the current situation, the flu vaccination is not recommended for all people. “Influenza in healthy children or adults under the age of 60 usually proceeds without serious complications. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the STIKO does not make a general vaccination recommendation, ”the RKI announced.
However, this does not mean that the experts advise other people against immunization: “If necessary, it should be clarified whether the health insurance company will cover the costs. Many employers also offer their employees the flu vaccination to prevent flu and the associated loss of work. “
According to the RKI, the protective effect of the flu vaccination is between 40 and 80 percent, depending on age. The number of deaths varies greatly from year to year, from several hundred to over 20,000 deaths. The vaccination usually occurs after 10 to 14 days. According to the RKI, the flu wave reached its peak after the turn of the year. Scheduled vaccinations should therefore be carried out by mid-December.