German Vaccination Schedule

Which vaccines are necessary for me or my child?

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In Germany, vaccination isn’t compulsory, but strongly advised by all health authorities. If you are unsure what to do, you can ask your doctor for help, or base your decision on the German vaccination system and its specific recommendations.

Depending on the country you grew up in, you might already have been vaccinated against certain diseases. However, these illnesses might not be prevalent in Germany at all. Instead, German doctors might recommend vaccinations against other diseases. Even if you are an adult, you might, therefore, have to get vaccinated again. If you are unsure about this, ask your doctor about vaccinations for adults next time you have a medical appointment.  

What do I need to know?

Which vaccines are recommended in Germany?

How often do I have to get vaccinated?

What is an “Impfpass”?

Who covers the costs of vaccination?

How can I protect myself from infection?

The Permanent Vaccination Commission (“Ständige Impfkommission” or “STIKO”), which is made up of various medical experts and is associated with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), regularly publishes recommended vaccination schedules in more than 20 languages along with other vaccine-related information leaflets. You can find more information about common diseases and their pathogens in 6 different languages on infektionsschutz.de. In addition, the Robert Koch Institute offers a lot of information in various languages. If you can read German, you can also take a look at the information offered on impfen-info.de which is run by the Federal Agency for Health Education (BZgA). There you will also find a few explanatory videos about the vaccination in Germany

Important

Apart from vaccination, proper hygiene can also help you prevent contagious disease. To protect yourself and your loved ones, it is important to pay attention during washing your hands, coughing, general behaviour at home, in the toilet or kitchen, handling food, and interacting with animals.