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Vaccines: The supply of the German population is guaranteed
In recent years, supply bottlenecks for important vaccines in Germany have been reported. Currently, the population of this country is well supplied with vaccines. This is pointed out by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Medicines.
Protection against infectious diseases
Vaccinations are an extremely effective remedy for various infectious diseases. Which vaccinations are advisable is determined in Germany by the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). In the past, certain vaccines were sometimes not sufficiently available on the German market. But currently the population in this country is well supplied with it.
Population is well supplied with vaccines
"The population in Germany is well supplied with vaccines," says Prof. Klaus Cichutek, President of the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), regarding the current availability of vaccines.
"Of course, the supply of vaccines to the population must be secured, because vaccine gaps can lead to insufficient immune protection, which can be dangerous at times," explained Prof. Cichutek.
Although there are temporary supply bottlenecks for some vaccines, the medically necessary supply is guaranteed. Parents can therefore be sure that the basic immunization of infants and young children is possible.
Institute informs about delivery bottlenecks
The Paul Ehrlich Institute, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Medicines, has been providing information on supply shortages of vaccines on its website since October 2015, thereby supporting the flow of information among all those involved with regard to the supply situation.
In the "Delivery bottlenecks for human vaccines" list, the PEI provides information on the expected time of re-availability of the drug and lists alternative vaccines.
If this is not possible, STIKO will contact you with a request for action, which you can then save as a link.
The PEI does not publish details of where the vaccines available on the German market can be obtained, because it has not yet followed the local vaccine distribution.
It is possible that a vaccine is not available in individual pharmacies or regions, but the vaccines are generally available in Germany.
No health hazard
If a delivery bottleneck is reported, this does not automatically mean a supply bottleneck, as vaccines are still in the retail chains at this time.
Thanks to a prompt notification from the vaccine manufacturers about impending delivery bottlenecks, it was possible to react in advance.
The State Medical Association of Hesse recently published a press release on the quadruple vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus (tetanus), pertussis (whooping cough) and polio (polio), which have repeatedly been affected by supply shortages in the past months.
However, according to the PEI, this never posed a risk to the health of the vaccinated patient. Alternative vaccine products of this type were usually available.
The vaccines mentioned are primarily used to refresh vaccinations, which can easily be postponed for several months.
The vaccine combination against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis was always available.
Contrary to what was announced in the press release, there were bottlenecks in vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox last year, not for several months, but only once for four weeks, writes the PEI. (ad)