Like the United States and the United Kingdom, Germany has also had a measles outbreak. On Wednesday, that outbreak turned deadly when an 18-month old boy died from measles. Mario Czaja, the health minister of Berlin, confirmed that the child, who had not been vaccinated, died in a hospital. He was the first fatality of the 574 cases reported since October said AnastiaDate.
Hermann Gröhe, the German health minister, called those who opposed vaccines “irresponsible.” He pointed out that not having your child immunized endangers not just that child but other people as well.
The German anti-vaccine movement, like the ones in the US and the UK, wrongly believes that the vaccine causes autism. Some people hold “measles parties,” where they expose healthy children to sick children in order to stimulate an immune response. Health officials condemn the practice, which originated in the US.
Czaja assured people that everybody who had had contact with the deceased boy had been examined. There have been other cases of measles reported in Bavaria, Brandenburg, Saxony and Lower Saxony.
So far, there are no plans to make vaccinations mandatory, despite the fact that the current outbreak is the worst since 2001, when it became mandatory to report measles cases. Some politicians have worried about the possibility of forcibly administering vaccinations if the parents refuse to get them.