MAINZ – Sniffing and coughing start again. Flu season. If you want to protect yourself effectively, you have the opportunity to be vaccinated. "Vaccination is one of the most important and effective precautionary measures available in medicine," explains Sanitätsrat Dr. Med. Wolfgang Klee. The dermatologist and allergist is at 4pm this Wednesday, along with his colleague. Werner Harlfinger, gynecology and obstetrics specialist, as well as Christoph Lembens, specialist in internal medicine, diabetes, geriatrics, palliative medicine and nutritional medicine, at the Allgemeine Zeitung reader for questions regarding the vaccination topic available.
The advantage of modern vaccines is that they are well tolerated and have little side effects. For this reason, the Permanent Vaccination Commission recommends vaccinating children against measles, mumps and rubella. For tetanus and diphtheria protection, a combined refresher every ten years is recommended. Experts advise that the following vaccination is combined with a hoarse cough once, and even the polio vaccine should not be forgotten. Unvaccinated persons or persons without evidence of vaccination should have primary immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and cough.
"Immunizations During Pregnancy Are Necessary," Klee. It applies the "as little as possible but as needed" rule. Immunizations against influenza and hepatitis B are strongly recommended. Vaccinations against hepatitis A, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough are also possible in pregnancy. In addition to hepatitis and influenza, adults with immunodeficiency, chronic illness or long journeys are advised to take the FSME (tick-borne) vaccine, pneumococcus and meningococcus, which can cause meningitis, lung or middle ear infections. Recently, there is a shingles vaccine.
You can even indirectly reduce your risk of cancer by vaccination. Because you can get vaccinated against the most dangerous type of human papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted and can cause cancer in the worst case. This is recommended for girls and boys between the ages of nine and 14.