Measles cases: Almost half of the Patients are adults

Almost every second measles illness occurs in the meantime, in the case of adults. “The average age of measles cases has risen since the beginning of the reporting requirement in the year 2001 constant”, – stated in a reply of the Federal Ministry of health, which is the editors ‘ network Germany (RND). The request was made, the FDP group in the Bundestag.

Therefore, around 55 per cent of the reported measles cases were in the year 2001 on children at the age from one to nine years, 2018, it was only 31 percent. “The proportion of measles cases in adults aged 20 years and older was in the year 2001, at 12 per cent and in 2018, 47 percent,” the Ministry of health, with reference to reported data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

According to the figures, there were in Germany in the current year-to-date 8. April 310 reported measles cases. In 2018, there were a total of 543. In the Ten-year balance sheet for 2015 was diseases of the year, with the vast majority of measles. At the time, nationwide 2465 cases were paid.

Measles: Rhineland-Palatinate, in percentage terms, the most affected

The Figures of the Ministry of health also provide information about the regional distribution of the disease. In the current year, the majority of disease is accounted for by the countries of North Rhine-Westphalia, with 101 cases of Baden-Württemberg (47), lower Saxony (46) and Bavaria (36). Measured in terms of the number of inhabitants of the Rhineland is concerned-Palatinate, with 6.1 cases per 1000 population currently most at risk of measles. In Schleswig-Holstein up to 8. April, four cases have been reported, in Saxony, 15, Berlin 12, in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saxony-Anhalt, however, not a single one.

2017 97.1 percent of school beginners, which is presented in the entrance examination their vaccination card were reported nationwide, a minimum of once vaccinated. “For the measles Elimination target vaccination Coverage of at least 95 percent for the second dose was only achieved by the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg”, the Ministry of health. Baden-Württemberg have achieved in 2017 with a rate of 89.1 percent for two measles vaccinations in the countries are compared, the lowest value in the school entrance examinations.

Measles vaccination: Five percent of the parents reject you

In the government response will also be taken on the subject of opponents position. According to a representative survey by the Federal centre for health education, the proportion of parents facing vaccinations “negative” or “rather negative” was, in the year 2016 for a total of five per cent – three percentage points less than four years previously.

Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU), had submitted this week a draft law for a measles vaccination in children. From the point of view of the liberal, the plans of “pure activism”. “We have gaps – not only in children, but massive gaps in adults”, – stated in a position paper of the FDP group in the Bundestag, which is the RND. “It is these gaps, which is contrary to the so-important herd immunity. The vast majority of adults do not know their own vaccination status. This is scandalous in a country that has all the possibilities of many infectious diseases to wipe out.“

Especially in the case of young adults was observed in the past few years, a dramatic increase of measles disease: “But until today there are hardly any low-threshold Impfangebote.” FDP-health expert Andrew Ullmann said the RND: “We need an electronic Vaccination card. But this may not be Beta-solution and not a Flop like the health card.“

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