Vaccination provides protection against infectious diseases.
Once a year, the Standing Committee on Vaccination at the Robert Koch Institute (STIKO) issues recommendations as to which vaccinations are useful when in general and for whom in particular. The recommendations of the STIKO are considered a scientific standard. There is no compulsory vaccination in Germany.
After a primary vaccination, usually in infancy or early childhood, many vaccinations require regular booster vaccinations in order to maintain vaccination protection. Some vaccinations are also recommended for specific occupational groups or groups of people, such as pregnant women.