Information on influenza vaccination 2021/ 2022
Starting Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, we will be vaccinating against annual influenza.
Why so late this year?
Influenza infections usually occur after the turn of the year. After vaccination, your immune system needs about 14 days to build up effective protection against the virus. Therefore, you will be protected sufficiently early if you get vaccinated between end of October and end of November.
The Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends flu vaccination for the following persons:
- Age > 60 years
- Persons with chronic underlying diseases (COPD, bronchial asthma, diabetes mellitus, chronic heart/liver/kidney disease)
- Health care workers, medical and nursing staff
- Residents and nurses in homes for the elderly
- pregnant women from the second trimester
Please note that there are usually not enough vaccine doses available in Germany to cover the entire population. To protect the vulnerable groups, they should therefore be vaccinated first.
If you do not belong to one of the vulnerable groups, the flu vaccination is not covered by the statutory health insurance.
The flu vaccination is then possible as an individual health service on a self-pay basis after individual consultation - depending on the availability of the vaccine (vaccination consultation 8.85 euros + vaccine depending on the manufacturer about 23 euros + vaccination 4.43 euros).
In December, you are welcome to inquire about any remaining vaccinations, irrespective of this.