The people in Germany more and more often against infectious diseases should be vaccinated. While in the total year 2018, the expenditure of health insurance has increased for vaccines to 4.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019 is already 13.7 percent. The German pharmacists Association (DAV) has been calculated with the use of current Figures of the German drug testing Institute (DAPI).

In may 2019, the increase was even higher, at 38.4 percent compared to the same month last year. The reason for the increase in Expenditure is mainly the increased use of vaccinations against Human papilloma virus (HPV), varicella Zoster (shingles) and FSME (early summer meningoencephalitis) is. The formerly for girls only recommended HPV vaccination for boys between 9 and 14 years of a part of the service catalogue of the health insurance funds. The Standing Committee on vaccination (STIKO) at the same time, the vaccination against shingles for all persons aged 60 years rates. The increase in the TBE vaccination is likely to be due to the increased public perception of tick populations and disease figures in the year 2018.

"The holiday and travel time is a good opportunity to check their own vaccination records and all of the gaps to schließen", Stefan Fink, a pharmacist from Weimar and a member of the Executive Board of the German pharmacists Association (DAV) says. "Against Tetanus or measles, of course everyone should be vaccinated. In addition, there are, depending on age, season, or Region, additional vaccinations that are highly recommended. Each local and long – distance travelers should be informed in advance which vaccinations he needs, what are the health risks and how to protect against them."

Southern Federal States such as Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg were the traditional distribution of TBE territories, but travellers should not forget that in Scandinavia or in the Baltic States, that there is in Northern Europe, infected ticks, according to Fink.

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