Recommendations of the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) - 2016/17
In Germany, the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO), an independent advisory group located at the Robert Koch Institute, develops national recommendations for the use of licensed vaccines. The STIKO vaccination recommendations for 2016/17 are now also available in English. The recommendations include updates concerning routine pneumococcal vaccination for all adults aged 60 and older, risk-based pneumococcal vaccination for children and adults and guidance on reducing pain and distress at the time of vaccination.
Vaccinations are among the most effective and significant preventive medical measures. Compulsory vaccination does not exist in Germany; vaccinations are “publicly recommended” by the health authorities of the federal states on the basis of the STIKO recommendations.
The Robert Koch Institute is the public health institute in Germany. Around 1,080 people including 450 scientists work here. Learn more about the tasks and projects of the institute’s departments and units.
The Virus Explorer for diagnostic electron microscopy (DEM) is an offline database by RKI containing images of viruses relevant in infectious diseases of humans. It can be used for diagnostic as well as training and teaching purposes.
Robert Koch Institute's federal health reporting continuously informs about the health status of people in Germany - in various reports as well as in the Journal of Public Health (available also in English).
When there are health emergencies across the world, such as disease outbreaks, the Robert Koch Institute’s expertise is in ever greater demand. Reports and photo stories provide an insight into RKI's work in the field.
The EMERGE network aims to provide an efficient response to highly dangerous and emerging bacteria and viruses at EU level and abroad. The project is coordinated by the RKI.
The Robert Koch-Institute regularly conducts and publishes the "German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults", an on-going assessment and analysis of the health condition of the German adult population.