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Unit 33: Immunization, STIKO

Ole Wichmann
Thomas Harder

The immunization unit is responsible for the surveillance and control of vaccine preventable diseases. The unit carries out epidemiological research and is involved in the development of preventive strategies, in particular immunization programmes. The unit assists the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) in the development and implementation of vaccination recommendations.



  • Analysis, evaluation and publication of surveillance data on vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Analysis and interpretation of vaccination coverage data
  • Development of tools for the evaluation and continuous quality control of surveillance
  • Design and implementation of epidemiological research projects on infectious diseases
  • Design and implementation of surveillance projects
  • Scientific Secretariat of the National Verification Committee for Measles and Rubella Elimination
  • Outbreak investigations
  • Analysis and interpretation of vaccination coverage data

Prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases

  • Development of strategies for improving vaccination coverage
  • Scientific Secretariat of the Standing Committee on Vaccination at the Robert Koch Institute (STIKO)
  • Informing and advising the medical community on immunization
  • Development, organization and coordination of educational strategies; design of educational materials on immunization
  • Organization and coordination of immunization and elimination programmes
  • Participation and representation in EU and WHO international surveillance networks, e.g. VENICE, SAGE


Re­com­men­dations of the Stan­ding Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute 2024 (in German, English translation will be provided as soon as possible) (PDF, 4 MB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)

Publications on PubMed

Date: 13.02.2024