Based on the recommendations by the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute, the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) specifies in detail which vaccinations are covered by the health insurance funds. Beyond these entitlements available to all insurance holders, the health insurance funds can also cover additional vaccinations for their members, in particular for private travel abroad.

Basic immunisation for babies, children, adolescents

Vaccinations of high importance in protecting the health of individuals and that of the general population. Individual vaccinations are listed under their recommended vaccination dates.

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Poliomyelitis (polio)
  • Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib) infection
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Rotaviruses, pneumococcal infection
  • Meningococcal C infection
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)

Boosters for children and adolescents

  • Diphtheria twice
  • Tetanus twice
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) twice
  • Poliomyelitis (polio) twice

Standard/booster vaccinations for adults

Vaccinations administered to adults or that need to be refreshed regularly

  • Booster against diphtheria and tetanus (recommended every ten years, combine next vaccination with pertussis vaccination)
  • Measles (for people born after 1970 who are unvaccinated, have an unclear vaccination status or who were only vaccinated once as children)

People aged 60 or over:

  • Influenza
  • Pneumococcal infection
  • Herpes zoster (shingles)

Additional vaccinations for unvaccinated adults upon consultation with the attending doctor

Indication-based vaccination

Vaccinations for risk groups with individually elevated risk of exposure, infection or complications as well as to protect third parties

  • Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)
  • Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib) infection
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal infection
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Pneumococcal infection
  • Poliomyelitis (polio)
  • Rubella
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
Last change: 4. April 2023
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