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Recommendations of the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) - 2016/17

STIKO Vaccination recommendations. Sources from left top to bottom right: Bernd Rehorst / Fotolia; Hunor Kristo / Fotolia; highwaystarz / Fotolia; Picture-Factory / Fotolia

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.

Date: 02.02.2017

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