Unvaccinated children in Germany: no legal regulations exist for mandatory vaccination when visiting kindergarten, school or university. If somebody caught an infectious disease or is suspicious of having caught it or of being infected, health institutions may forbid to go to kindergarten or school (§28 IfSG). Suspicious means being without immunity (by artificial immunization or by natural disease) and having been in contact to an infectious person.
Compulsory informing about benefit and risk before immunization should guarantee an informed choice for vaccinees and parents. Instruction leaflet is an information for parents and vaccinees.
Several vaccine-preventable infectious diseases are notifiable to the local health authority by law. The suspicion of the disease and even of the infection are notifiable too, as well as death (§6 IfSG). Mandatory notification exists for physicians and other members of health professions (e.g. midwives). Failing of notification may be punished (fine), in case of intention with prison sentence.Notifiable as well is the suspicion of an injury (vaccine damage) following vaccination exceeding “usual” reactions. Members of the listed professions are obliged to notify. Everybody else is allowed to do so.
The EFVV (European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance) is an alliance of member-organisations and individual members from 25 European countries. Our member-organisations consist of consumer groups and pro-choice groups whose members in turn include medical professionals and scientists. Their combined memberships exceed 100,000. We call on all Europeans to stand together in a demand for a united vaccination policy based on freedom of choice and informed consent. We believe that mandatory vaccination is not only a serious risk but a violation of human rights and dignity. We therefore demand transparency and caution as well as recognition and concern for the many vaccine-injured in Europe and beyond.