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 vaccination schedules in more than 20 languages along with other information leaflets. With the help of statistics, education and research, the institue aims at preventing contagious diseases from spreading in Germany. The specific tasks of the institute are summed up in the Infectious Disease Protection Act (“Infektionsschutzgesetz”).
Which vaccines are necessary for me or my child?
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 about vaccinations?
The German Vaccination System
Vaccination Record (“Impfpass”)
Risk of Infection in Communal Spaces
Check out the multilingual information sheets if you want to learn more about diseases and pathogens that are common in Germany. In addition to that, the Robert Koch Institute offers a lot of information in various languages. If your level of German is high enough, you can find more information on the website “Impfen Info” which is run by the Federal Agency for Health Education.
Apart from vaccinations, proper hygiene also helps prevent contagious diseases. If you want to protect yourself and the people around you, it is important to pay attention to the following actions: washing your hands, coughing, general behaviour at home, in the toilet or kitchen, handling food, and interacting with pets.