102, 2019

Tick borne encephalitis in southern Bavaria

Since spring 2018, the Robert Koch Institute has also defined the counties of Munich, Starnberg and Weilheim-Schongau as TBE risk areas.

At a manageable risk:

– in the disctict Munich, 343 000 inhabitants, there have been 4 FSME cases (= 0.4 / year) since 2008
– in the district Starnberg, 134 000 inhabitants, there have been 9 TBE […]

2304, 2018

Quarantine for Chicken Pox and Mumps

The health authorities play crazy in terms of quarantine regulations regarding teething. If a child suffers from chickenpox or mumps, unvaccinated sibling children may not visit the nursery or the school for 18 days for chickenpox, or 18 days for mumps (= medium incubation period). The same provision applies to a mumps burst in a […]

801, 2018

Update on measles: the German single measles vaccine not available anymore

The measles single dose vaccine, “measles vaccine Mérieux”, which has approval in Germany is not available anymore.

In Germany and Austria, there is no longer a single measles vaccine. However, it is in principle possible to import and use the single vaccine Measles Vaccine Live (Producer: Serum Institute of India), which is approved in Switzerland. However, […]

2509, 2015

Should we vaccinate because of refugees?

The massive refugee immigration that we are currently experiencing is not something that will soon be over; it is a precursor for a new age of migration. Most of the refugees come from destabilized areas, torn apart by current and past conflicts, such as: Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and former Yugoslavia. In the majority of these […]

2805, 2015

Rotavirus vaccination passé

The gastroenteritis caused by the Rotavirus does not pose a danger to otherwise healthy children and in the worst cases leads to a short infusion treatment at the hospital. Breast fed children only rarely contract a virally induced gastroenteritis.

Since 2013 an oral vaccination against Rotavirus (causative agent of diarrhea) is recommended for all infants in […]

2703, 2015

Mandatory vaccination – No, thank you!

My guest commentary (“Prize of hysteria”) in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on 3.13.2015.
It is as if we were in a madhouse: Politicians, Representatives of Medical Doctors, and the Media are outbidding each other with demands for a mandatory measles vaccination; Parents in Berlin are to stay at home with their infants; travel plans to Berlin are […]

2503, 2015

Whooping cough in infants: How can it be prevented?

Whooping cough is in principle a harmless, but unpleasant illness:

The cough lasts an average of six weeks and in some cases leads to vomiting
For the first three weeks the cough is contagious; since the diagnosis is often made in the second week the child must be taken care of at home for one […]