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?

Where can I find more information?


Apart from vaccination, proper hygiene can also help you prevent contagious disease. To protect yourself and others, it is important to pay attention during washing your hands, coughing, proper hygiene in kitchen and bathroom and hygiene in interacting with animals. You can find more comprehensive information (in German) at