Important information about vaccinations
Are the measles and flu really harmless? Is my tetanus vaccination actually still up-to-date? Many ask these questions. What’s certain is that vaccinations protect against serious illnesses. That’s why we recommend regularly checking your vaccination record, even as an adult. This is the best way to ensure that you always have optimal protection.
Another important point to consider is that as you age and depending on your personal circumstances, other vaccinations may often be a good idea. The Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) sets out which vaccinations are recommended for which age groups in its vaccination recommendations, on which we base our own services.
We will therefore cover all costs of recommended vaccinations and regular boosters.
An overview of all recommended vaccinations:
- Tetanus and diphtheria: For adults, tetanus and diphtheria boosters are recommended every ten years.
- Whooping cough (pertussis): One whooping cough booster is recommended after the age of 18.
- Measles: Anyone who has not been vaccinated for measles or has only received one vaccination, or for whom their vaccination status is unclear, should get a booster. This is especially true for adults born after 1970, as it has been determined that many in this age group may not be sufficiently vaccinated.
- Flu: The flu vaccination is recommended on an annual basis for individuals aged 60 or older, pregnant women and individuals with a chronic illness. Get more information from our Flu vaccination page.
- Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE): TBE vaccination is recommended for all ages. You can find out more from your personal consultant.
- Travel vaccinations: These are recommended for trips or longer stays abroad and differ depending on the destination region. You can find out which vaccinations are necessary for your destination from your GP or your personal consultant. We subsidise recommended travel vaccinations. Find out more on the Travel vaccinations page.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding vaccinations here
Vaccinations for adults – your SBK benefits:
- The SBK Health Telephone is available to answer all of your questions regarding vaccinations on 0800 072 572 570 00 (free of charge within Germany).
- If you choose to take advantage of the recommended vaccinations, you will receive a bonus as part of the SBK Bonus Scheme.
Please note: if you are not connected directly, unfortunately, all lines are busy at the time of your call. In this case you will hear an announcement in German and be directed to an answering machine. You are welcome to leave your name and telephone number after the tone and we will call you back as soon as possible.
How to get vaccinations:
Make an appointment with your GP and take your vaccination record with you. Your GP will advise you on the recommended vaccinations and carry out the ones you choose to have.
We cover the costs of all vaccinations recommended by STIKO; all you have to do is show your SBK health care card to the doctor.