The German ethics Council has called for a more nuanced discussion of measures to increase vaccination rates.

In terms of demands for vaccination against measles, the panel criticised an “impermissible narrowing of the discussion on children,” inadequate consideration of available data and “the blurred concept of vaccination”.

in the opinion of the ethics Council will discussed about measures to increase the vaccination rates for measles, it said in a statement. The panel stressed, however, that almost half of all measles Patients in Germany are adults. “Measures with the aim to increase the measles vaccination coverage must include as an addressee of both children and adults.”

The Federal government proposals for a mandatory vaccination, the Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU) in may to present want to prepare. He had voted in principle for mandatory measles vaccinations for children in daycare centers and schools. Measles are highly contagious and can extend in rare cases, even fatal.

The ethics Council also criticized that it was unclear how such a duty designed and how they are enforced. “The clarification of the design of a mandatory vaccination, and their enforcement enables an appropriate ethical and legal consideration of the affected objects of Protection.” In addition, the panel pointed out that the vaccination rate against measles in children spent in school Enrolment at 97.1 per cent – which show a great acceptance. “Problems arise but mainly due to the inadequate rate at the second vaccination of 92.9 percent, as well as due to considerable regional differences.”

The ethics Council announced, before the summer recess an opinion on the topic. He advises the German government and the Bundestag in ethical, medical, legal, and social issues.

dpa