Dr Ole Wichmann talks about which vaccinations you need to stay healthy. He heads the immunization unit at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin.
Polio is nearly eradicated — but not quite. Some countries continue to battle the disease. DW reviews the situation on the birthday of Jonas Salk, the US virologist who developed one of the first successful vaccines.
Measles vaccination rates are rising in Germany but so is the number of annual infections. Unvaccinated children can be kept out of school and day care to prevent an outbreak of the disease.
Influenza is taking its toll on productivity, affecting schools, offices, public transportation and even professional soccer. Germany's Robert Koch Institute has already registered 136 deaths in 2018.
Think getting the regular flu shot that's free in Germany will keep you from getting sick? Think again. There's a better one out there that experts are recommending – but it'll cost you.
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