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Standing vaccination commission flu recommendation updated
The Standing Vaccination Committee (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) updates its previous influenza vaccination recommendation. The experts are now advocating a vaccine that will protect against four types of flu virus.
Protection against infection
Every year thousands of Germans get the flu (influenza). In order to protect yourself from infection, it is generally a good idea to strengthen the immune system, keep away from the sick and wash your hands regularly. Protection is also provided by the flu shot, which is recommended by the Standing Vaccination Committee (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), especially for people at increased risk of serious illnesses. STIKO has now updated its previous vaccination recommendation.
Legally insured people currently receive a three-phase vaccine
"The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) specifies its influenza vaccination recommendation and recommends a quadrivalent influenza vaccine with current antigen combination recommended by the WHO (World Health Organization) for the vaccination against seasonal influenza," says a message from the RKI.
The vaccine is said to protect against four virus variants. The panel of experts decided on the change in mid-November. So far, people with statutory health insurance have generally received a cheaper three-point vaccine.
However, the update will probably only have consequences in the upcoming flu season.
Because: "The STIKO recommendation applies from the publication of the associated scientific justification in Epidemiological Bulletin 02/2018," write the experts.
And: "The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) will decide within three months of its entry into force to change the STIKO recommendation."
According to the information, it is dependent on this decision whether "this type of vaccine recommended for influenza vaccination is included in the vaccination directive as a compulsory benefit."
Then it would be clear whether the quadruple vaccine would become a cash benefit.
Vaccination recommendation for risk groups
As it is said, the recommendation applies to all people for whom seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended by STIKO. These are primarily people over the age of 60, chronically ill and pregnant women.
People at increased risk to health from an existing illness, for example chronic diseases of the respiratory organs, metabolic diseases, liver, kidney, heart or circulatory diseases, also belong to the risk groups for whom vaccination is recommended.
In addition, people with an immunodeficiency, HIV infection and people who are at increased risk of infection through contact with many people should think about vaccination protection.
However, patients suffering from an acute infection or febrile illness should only be vaccinated after they have recovered.
Ultimately, everyone has to decide for themselves whether a flu vaccination makes sense. (ad)