Vaccination coverage of mumps, measles, rubella and varicella before and after the STIKO intervention 2011 – A retrospective study
Vaccine (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.06.027
Background: In September 2011, the German Standing Committee on Vaccinations (STIKO) changed their recommendation regarding the mumps–measles–rubella–varicella vaccination (MMRV). We compared the immunization rates against MMRV in Germany before and after the STIKO intervention.
Methods: We recorded the immunization status of children born between 09/2008 and 08/2012 in 35 selected doctor’s surgeries in Germany.
Results: After the STIKO intervention, the ratio of the combined MMRV vaccine as the first dose immunization was reduced to approximately 25% of the initial value. A slight increase in the number of children not sufficiently vaccinated against varicella (1.2%) was observed, but the immunization rates against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella did not significantly decrease.
Conclusions: The STIKO intervention led to a significant change in physicians’ vaccination procedures. The separate administration MMR + V vaccination may be a helpful option to improve the immunization rates in general.