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Vaccination recommendations for Germany.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22163258     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Vaccination is an effective means of preventing infectious diseases. In Germany, the Standing Vaccination Committee at the Robert Koch Institute (Ständige Impfkommission, STIKO) issues recommendations on vaccination to prevent the occurrence and spread of infectious diseases in the nation's population.
METHODS: Selective literature review, including consideration of the current STIKO recommendations.
RESULTS: The annually updated vaccination calendar currently includes recommendations for vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, type b Haemophilus influenzae, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, and pneumococci, beginning at the age of eight weeks. From the age of twelve months onward, children should be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and serogroup C meningococci. In later childhood and adolescence, booster vaccinations are recommended, in addition to the provision of any vaccinations that may have been missed. Girls aged 12 to 17 years should be vaccinated against human papilloma virus. Adults should have their tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations refreshed regularly, and their pertussis vaccination refreshed once; from age 60 onward, they should be vaccinated against pneumococci and influenza.
CONCLUSIONS: The vaccinations recommended by the STIKO are available to all German citizens free of charge and provide effective protection against infectious disease.
Miriam Wiese-Posselt; Christine Tertilt; Fred Zepp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2011-11-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Deutsches Ärzteblatt international     Volume:  108     ISSN:  1866-0452     ISO Abbreviation:  Dtsch Arztebl Int     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-13     Completed Date:  2012-04-17     Revised Date:  2013-06-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101475967     Medline TA:  Dtsch Arztebl Int     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  771-9; quiz 780     Citation Subset:  IM    
Robert Koch-Institut, Abteilung für Infektionsepidemiologie, Fachgebiet Impfprävention, Berlin.
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MeSH Terms
Communicable Disease Control / standards*
Mass Vaccination / standards*
Practice Guidelines as Topic*

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