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Majority of Germans support measles vaccination
Just a few weeks ago, the Federal Cabinet passed the so-called "Measles Protection Act", which aims to effectively protect school and kindergarten children from measles. Some experts and opponents of vaccination have criticized it, but the majority of Germans support this law, as a recent survey has now shown.
Protect children from measles
“School and kindergarten children should be effectively protected against measles. That is the aim of the Measles Protection Act, which was passed in the cabinet on July 17, 2019, ”the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) wrote in a statement. The draft law stipulates, among other things, that all children must have both measles vaccinations recommended by the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) when entering school or kindergarten. After the draft became known, there was criticism from some experts and also from opponents of vaccination. However, a recent survey has shown that the majority of Germans support measles vaccination.
Greens in particular are in favor of the law
According to a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov, a total of 73 percent spoke “fully” or “rather” in favor of the measles protection law.
Only one in ten Germans (14 percent) rejects the law.
A total of 1,178 people were interviewed on July 18, 2019 to arrive at this result.
As the polling station says on its website, the law finds the greatest acceptance among the supporters of the Greens (86 percent).
It is followed by the FDP supporters with 84 percent and the CDU / CSU with 83 percent.
"The announced obligation to vaccinate measles meets with rejection, especially in the camp of the left, one in five would therefore reject the measles protection law (19 percent)," writes YouGov.
Highest approval among older people
It was also shown that older people in particular have a clear opinion on the obligation to vaccinate. Approval is highest among those over 55 years of age at 80 percent.
Only 58 percent of 18 to 24 year olds rate the law as positive.
According to the survey, men (77 percent) are more open to vaccination than women (70 percent).
There are high fines for violations
The measles protection law stipulates that parents have to prove that they have been vaccinated before admitting their children to a daycare or school from March 2020.
The obligation to vaccinate also applies to child minders and to staff in daycare centers, schools, medical facilities and in community facilities such as refugee accommodation.
Violators face high fines of up to 2500 euros. (ad)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
- YouGov polling institute: a vaccination requirement for measles? The Germans say "Yes", (access: July 30, 2019), YouGov
- Federal Ministry of Health: Obligation to vaccinate should protect children from measles (accessed: July 30, 2019), Federal Ministry of Health