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Health: Federal agencies also recommend flu vaccination for pregnant women.
(13.09.2010) The flu season is just around the corner and so the German health authorities are calling especially older and chronically ill people, but for the first time also pregnant women for vaccination. According to the President of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Klaus Cichutek, the vaccine protects against the three most common types of influenza virus, including swine flu, which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), will occur again in Germany from next autumn.
According to the health authorities, October and November are the optimal period for flu vaccinations, with the immune system taking about ten to fourteen days to build up vaccination protection. Those who take precautions in this way "not only protect themselves from a severe influenza disease, but also avoid contagion of others", explains the President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Reinhard Burger. Generally, these experts warn against it as flu To underestimate infectious disease, while not only naturopathy advises not to underestimate the side effects of vaccinations, the health authorities hope that the incoming calls for flu vaccination will increase vaccination rates among the population and the risk of large flu waves Vaccination rates of 50 to 60 percent, as is the norm in Scandinavian countries, would also be desirable in the long term for Germany in the opinion of the RKI President Burger.
Critics such as the author and vaccination expert Dr. Martin Hirte point out that the economic dimensions behind the vaccinations should also be considered, since the production and distribution of the substances represent a huge business.
Every year millions of people in Germany contract flu, which can pose a serious health threat to certain risk groups such as people with a weakened immune system, chronic lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases or diabetes. The Influenza Association at the Robert Koch Institute estimates that around 2.9 million additional visits to the doctor and 5,300 influenza-related admissions to clinics took place in the past 2009/2010 flu season. In addition, influenza sufferers were written around 1.5 million times unable to work. Overall, despite swine flu, it was only a moderate flu wave.
According to the experts, the fact that the recommendation for vaccination is being extended to pregnant women for the first time can be explained by a significantly increased risk of serious illnesses. In addition, according to the experts, the staff in hospitals, doctor's surgeries and in the elderly should definitely be vaccinated in order to avoid infection of the patients being cared for. According to Birte Kirschbaum from the Federal Center for Health Education (BzgA), the vaccination rate for medical staff is much too low at around 20 percent. In order to achieve a higher vaccination rate among the risk groups, all 65,000 resident doctors are provided with new information material by the BzgA.
The Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), which is responsible for the approval of the vaccines, has so far approved 20.5 million vaccine doses for this winter, with the vaccine being recommended by the WHO every year. The combination of influenza strains A and B with the H1N1 virus in the current vaccine Fluvax junior® was considered relatively unproblematic, since it is a traditional split vaccine that does not require the controversial potentiators of vaccines that are used in Europe against swine flu were. However, there were numerous side effects from the vaccinations that were carried out in Australia in May to mark the onset of the flu season. Some patients suffered from febrile seizures after the administration and a two-year-old child died within 12 hours after the vaccination without any known previous illnesses. For these reasons, the Australian government has decided to discourage healthy children from flu fluax vaccination. In the context of such reports, it remains to be doubted whether patients will follow the advice on the annual flu vaccination more frequently in the future and whether a vaccination quota will be achieved that corresponds to the ideal expectations of the health authorities (50 to 60 percent). It is not only in natural medicine that there is great skepticism about vaccines, which, in addition to the active ingredients, also largely contain preservatives, which can contain formaldehyde and mercury compounds. Since the flu viruses are partly reproduced in egg white, according to media reports, people with allergies should also be careful here. (fp, Tf)
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