Measles: Doctors president Frank Ulrich Montgomery wants compulsory vaccinations against more diseases

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:Doctors president wants mandatory vaccinations against more diseases

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Frank Ulrich Montgomery

Frank Ulrich Montgomery, President of the German Medical Association


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Berlin –

Doctors President Frank Ulrich Montgomery has warned that the debate on compulsory vaccination is limited to measles only. “Limiting the obligation to vaccinate on individual diseases is problematic because it usually involves the use of multiple vaccines and no single-agent preparations are no longer available,” Montgomery told the Editorial Network Germany (RND).

“All vaccinations that the Standing Vaccination Commission recommends for children today should be mandatory,” he said. “Only if everyone is vaccinated, we have the chance to finally eradicate these diseases.”

STIKO recommends quadruple vaccine

The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) currently recommends a quadruple vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox as well as a sixfold vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, Haemophilus influenzae type B and hepatitis B.

A single vaccine against measles is not available in Germany and would have to be imported. According to RND information, the question of the vaccine has also been identified by the Federal Ministry of Health as a serious problem with a possible vaccination obligation. There is no solution yet.

“Enlightenment, Enlightenment, Enlightenment”

Montgomery told the RND, also from a medical point of view, all speak for a comprehensive Impfpflicht, in order to protect the entire population permanently against the partially life-threatening illnesses. Necessary practice-appropriate strategies of the policy, how a legal Impfpflichtpflicht in practice could be implemented.

In question is a ban on visiting community facilities such as kindergarten or school. “Although the vaccination is then in doubt in conflict with compulsory education. But this problem must solve the policy, “he demanded. To convince vaccine opponents, help only “education, education, enlightenment.” Although there will be in the end still a few who refused. “But we should not put off the clever idea of compulsory vaccination therefore, but now as soon as possible to tackle the concrete design,” the medical president demanded. (Rnd)