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Welcome to Germany

Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge

What do I require when travelling to Germany? Where can I learn German? How can I find accommodation and work? Will my school-leaving certificate or training be recognised? Find answers to these and other questions in this brochure.

Health Guide

Federal Ministry of Health

This guide pools the necessary information on the German healthcare system with relevant health-related topics (medical care, vaccination, insurance, long-term care, addiction and drugs).

Health guide for asylum seekers in Germany

Bundesministerium für Gesundheit

This guide informs asylum seekers about medical care in Germany and provides practical advice on how to avoid sickness and infection.

Long-Term Care Guide

Bundesministerium für Gesundheit

This guide provides a comprehensive overview of long-term care in the following chapters: Individual coverage for necessary care, benefits of long-term care insurance, home care by family members, advising in long-term care cases as well as quality and transparency in long-term care. The glossary contains important terms for easy reference.

My Health Booklet

Bild und Sprache e.V.

The health booklet contains materials to advise asylum seekers on topics such as vaccination and hygiene and should simplify healthcare for asylum seekers.

Information on alcohol and other drugs

Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen e. V.

This leaflet explains the most common addictive substances and provides information on counselling and assistance opportunities.

Antibiotics – what you should know

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

This fact sheet explains how antibiotics work and what you should remember when you take them.

Resistance to Antibiotics

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

Here you can find information on how resistance to antibiotics develops and what you can do to prevent it.

Multidrug-resistant pathogens

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

Multidrug-resistant pathogens are bacteria that do not respond to antibiotics. In this brief fact sheet, you can find out for whom multidrug-resistant pathogens might be dangerous and how best to protect yourself and others.

Early-stage bowel cancer

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

Here you can find out what colon cancer is, which tests you will need to take after diagnosis and which treatment specialists recommend.

Diabetes and your eyes

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

Diabetes can cause damage to the retina of your eyes. Here you can find out what the risk factors and warning signs are and how damage to the retina is treated or can be prevented. 

Diabetes and your feet

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

Diabetes can cause damage to blood vessels and nerves. It often affects the feet. This fact sheet contains information on risk factors and necessary tests, well as on the treatment and prevention of a diabetic foot syndrome or foot complications.

Depression 

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

This brief fact sheet explains which symptoms indicate a depressive disorder and how it can be treated.

COPD exacerbation

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

In the case of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), it is possible for persons to experience an acute worsening of their health status from time to time. Specialists refer to this as “exacerbation”. This fact sheet gives some important tips on how to recognise this emergency situation and correctly respond to this threatening condition.

COPD

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

Here you can find information on the clinical picture of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), on possible risk factors and on its treatment.

Asthma and COPD

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

If you have to inhale medication because of asthma or COPD, you can find tips here on how to handle the inhalers needed for your respiratory medicines.

Safe medical treatment

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

It is not always easy to take medicines as prescribed. This fact sheet tells you how to take medicinal products safely.

Multimedication

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

This fact sheet explains why patients are given many different medicinal products and the risks involved when several medicines are taken at the same time.

Anxiety disorders

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

This fact sheet tells you more about normal and pathological anxiety and the available treatment options.

How to Get Medicines in Germany?

Aponet.de

This handout explains where to seek assistance in case of sickness and where you can obtain medicines.

Informed decisions – the breast cancer screening programme

Kooperationsgemeinschaft Mammographie

This flyer provides information on the breast cancer screening programme and on how mammography screening is performed.

 Long COVID - Information on the possible long-term effects of COVID-19 

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Some people who have been ill with COVID-19 find themselves still suffering from different health issues for weeks or months afterwards. The potential long-term effects of COVID-19 are described as long COVID.

The coronavirus vaccination –  safe and effective!

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

The vaccination protects you against a coronavirus infection. The coronavirus causes the COVID-19 disease. Some cases of COVID-19 can be relatively mild. Those who are infected suffer from a cough, fever, runny nose and a sore throat. There are, however, also very severe cases, with patients suffering from breathing difficulties or falling ill with pneumonia.

Coronavirus vaccination for children  (5 to 11 years of age)

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

What you need to know about vaccinating your child. Coronavirus vaccinations are now also being offered in Germany for children between 5 and 11 years of age. An appropriately adapted and tested vaccine is available. As parents and guardians, you face the question of whether you should vaccinate your child. This leaflet is intended to support you in your decision by answering a number of important questions.

Getting vaccinated protects against the coronavirus

Bundesgesundheitsministerium

Vaccine information for children

Our best defence against coronavirus

Bundesgesundheitsministerium

Information on vaccinating 12 to 17-year-olds against COVID-19.

Coronavirus vaccination for 12 to 17-year-olds

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This leaflet contains important information on the coronavirus vaccination for 12 to 17-year-olds. This information and a short checklist are intended to help you and your child decide whether to have the coronavirus vaccination.

The coronavirus vaccination. Your choice. Your vaccination.

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Information for children and young people aged between 12 and 17

Coronavirus vaccination in pregnancy and when breastfeeding

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Are you of childbearing age? Would you like to have children or are you already pregnant? Are you breastfeeding or would like to breastfeed your child when it is born? This leaflet is intended to answer your questions and support you in your decision to have the coronavirus vaccination

The Vaccination Booklet for Everyone!

Robert Koch-Institut / Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This vaccination booklet is intended to help you form your own opinion on vaccination. To give you the reliable information you need to be at ease with your decision.

Eight simple tips for daily life during the coronavirus pandemic

Robert Koch - Institut

This infographic contains simple instructions for everyday behaviour during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tips for the time spent in  domestic quarantine or isolation

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Information and recommendations for a challenging time

Self-isolation at home with confirmed COVID-19

Robert Koch-Institut

This leaflet contains information for people with mild COVID-19, who – under specific circumstances – can be treated at home until they have fully recovered.

Health advice for hot weather during the COVID-19 outbreak

WHO

Here you can find information on how to protect yourself from the adverse health effects of hot weather while at the same time following the recommendations on protection against the coronavirus.

In Case of Emergency: Overview of Important Phone Numbers

Aponet.de

If you get sick or find yourself in an emergency situation at night or on a weekend, you have a large network of support services available in Germany. You can find an overview of the most important numbers and services here.

 

I have a pain here …

Apotheken-Umschau

How do I say that I'm in pain in German? For instance, if I injured myself or am sick. This picture dictionary will help you describe your symptoms.

Become an organ sponsor

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Brochure with brief information on the most important questions about organ donation.

Personal hygiene: Practical tips on everyday caregiving

Zentrum für Qualität in der Pflege

This bilingual guide (German-Turkish) contains information and practical tips for caregiving relatives on personal hygiene of people in need of long-term care.

Oral hygiene: Practical tips on everyday caregiving

Zentrum für Qualität in der Pflege

This bilingual guide (German-Turkish) contains information and practical tips for caregiving relatives on oral hygiene of people in need of long-term care.

Be safe – condoms + mishaps

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This flyer provides information on potential mistakes when using a condom.

The ‘morning-after pill’

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

The leaflet explains how the ‘morning-after pill’ works, describes how to use and how and where to get it, and contains answers to the most frequently asked questions. In addition, the flyer provides an overview of the most common contraceptives and their pros and cons.

Be safe – the pill + mishaps

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This flyer provides information on potential mistakes when using the pill.

HIV Facts and Myths

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This brochure provides information about the transmission of HIV infection and offers suggestions on protection from AIDS.

Physical activity (Bewegung)

Refugium Flucht und Gesundheit

This flyer explains why exercise is important and offers suggestions for simple exercises to help keep you fit and healthy.

Hygiene in Everyday Life

Refugium Flucht und Gesundheit

This flyer offers advice on how to pay better attention to hygiene in your daily life. It includes information on dental care, washing hands, hair and body care, kitchen hygiene and mould prevention.

Healthy Nutrition in Germany

Refugium Flucht und Gesundheit

This flyer provides suggestions for a healthy and balanced diet.

10 opportunities for your child

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This brochure provides you with an overview of the U1 to U9 screening tests for young children. It describes why these tests are important for your child's health.

Tips for hygiene: The easy way to stay healthy

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Find out how to lower the risk of infection by illnesses such as common colds, flu or gastroenteritis using simple hygiene measures.

Short. Brief. Info for parents

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

The leaflet “Vaccinations” provides information on the latest vaccination recommendations for children and sums up in a succinct manner what parents should know about this topic. For instance, it explains why conditions known as children’s diseases are by no means harmless or why parents, grandparents and other close contact persons really need to check and top up their own vaccination protection.

Head lice … what should be done?

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

If the skin on your head is particularly itchy, it could be because of head lice. Here you will find everything you need to know about head lice, how they are spread and what is important for successful treatment.

Protective Vaccination

Ethno-Medizinisches Zentrum e.V. Hannover

This guide explains the importance of vaccination, as well as the modes of transmission and the dangers of infectious diseases. It provides an overview of the risks and possible side effects of vaccination.

Vaccination schedule

Robert Koch-Institut

The vaccination calendar for babies, children, adolescents and adults is part of the recommendations by the German Standing Committee on Vaccinations (STIKO). This table provides an overview of diseases for which vaccinations are recommended and when it is best to have them done.

Vaccinations: Protecting your child against infectious diseases

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This flyer provides the most important information about vaccinations for children and adolescents, such as how vaccines work and which costs are reimbursed by the statutory health insurance (GKV).

Measles – Mumps - Rubella

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Here you will find information about vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella for children and adolescents.

Annual vaccination for people over 60

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This brochure explains why vaccination against the common cold is important for people over 60, how to identify influenza and what you need to remember if you do get sick.

Yearly vaccinations for people with chronic illnesses

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Here, people with chronic diseases can find out everything about influenza, flu vaccinations and how to protect yourself from infection.

Vaccination during pregnancy protects both mother and unborn child

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This brochure describes why vaccination against seasonal flu is particularly important for expectant mothers and provides information about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for mother and child.

Flyer „Hepatitis B“

Landeshauptstadt München

This flyer contains various types of information about hepatitis B. Find out who is particularly at risk, how best to protect yourself against infection and where you can get tested anonymously.

Information about Mammography Screening

Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss

Women in Germany, between the ages of 50 and 69, can participate in a special programme for early detection of breast cancer. This brochure tells you everything you need to know about the mammography screening programme.

Attending or waiving the information consultation

Kooperationsgemeinschaft Mammographie

This flyer contains information about the medical counselling session prior to a mammography screening for early detection of breast cancer.

Motherpass

Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss

All the information on preventive check-ups, the course of the pregnancy and the child's development during the pregnancy are documented in the maternity record. Expectant mothers should therefore carry the maternity record with them at all times.

Maternal Health

Ethno-Medizinisches Zentrum e.V. Hannover

This brochure provides information about physical health during and after pregnancy, about the system of prenatal care in Germany and the protection of pregnant women at the workplace.

Depression – Guide for family members

Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung

This information is aimed at family members of people who suffer from depression. It provides tips and suggestions on how to handle this type of situation.

Trauma induced disorders and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Ethno-Medizinisches Zentrum e.V. Hannover

This guide answers your questions on how mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), develop following traumatic experiences and how these can then be treated.

How can I help my traumatised child?

Bundespsychotherapeutenkammer

This guide is aimed at the parents of refugee children who have had to endure war and violence or other traumatic experiences in their home country or while fleeing. It tells you how to assist your child in processing traumatic experiences and where to get professional support.

Mental Health

Refugium Flucht und Gesundheit

This flyer helps refugees, family members and friends identify mental illnesses. It provides information on how to maintain or regain mental health.

How does Asthma affect you?

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (äzq)

This information leaflet provides an overview of asthma. Find out what triggers asthma, what treatment options are available and how to prevent lung infection.

Diabetes

Ethno-Medizinisches Zentrum e.V. Hannover

The metabolic disease diabetes mellitus (commonly known as diabetes) is one of the most widespread chronic diseases in Germany. Find out how to avoid disease through healthy diet and sufficient exercise.

Treatment of type 2 diabetes

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

What symptoms help me identify type 2 diabetes? What are the consequences of this disease and how can it be treated? Find out how a healthy diet and sensible lifestyle can enable you to live with diabetes, even without the need for medication.

Heart failure

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

Your doctor has diagnosed a chronic coronary heart disease (CCHD). This is a serious condition that persists throughout a lifetime. If specific treatment is administered, you can however achieve a state which is comparable to that of a healthy individual.

Coronary heart disease – What is that?

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

Chronic coronary heart disease is a serious illness. Here you can find information on how the disease develops, treatment options and preventive measures.

Coronary heart disease – What to do in an emergency

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

You have a chronic coronary heart disease (CCHD and know that this condition has to be taken seriously. This information explains how to recognise dangerous situations and how best to react in the event of an emergency.

Sudden back pain – What can I do?

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

What would help someone suffering from lower back pain and what might be the cause? This flyer provides information on how to deal with sudden back pain, treatment options and preventive measures.

Chronic Back Pain

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

This handout gives people with chronic (lower) back pain an overview of potential treatment options and includes tips on what you can do for a healthy back.

Tuberculosis

Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

Here you can find information on tuberculosis, one of the most common infectious diseases worldwide. Find out what symptoms can occur, which treatment options are available and what you need to consider during treatment.

Information on care needs assessment

Medizinischer Dienst der Krankenversicherung

Where does the long-term care assessment take place? How is this assessment carried out and what happens if you disagree with the long-term care insurance fund's decision? Find answers to your questions about the long-term care assessment by the Health Insurance Medical Service (Medizinische Dienst der Krankenkassen) here.

In need of care. What now?

Bundesministerium für Gesundheit

This flier is useful with the first steps in case of need for long-term care. It provides information and an initial overview of contacts as well as the different care grades.

Informations about dementia

Netzwerk Demenz

There are various types of dementia, such as Alzheimer's, vascular dementia or Parkinson's disease. Here you will find information about the clinical symptoms of dementia and how to deal with those affected.

Care-Tips – Palliative Care

Deutsche Palliativ Stiftung

Here you will find information about caring for people suffering from an incurable disease. This brochure will assist you in dealing with terminal patients and bereavement.

 

An offer to all who would like to help someone close to them

Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen e.V.

This brochure is aimed at family members of people at risk of or suffering from addiction. It describes the different types of addiction, the effects of narcotic drugs and where to get help to handle relatives or friends suffering from addiction.

Gambling all you´ve got?

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This brochure provides information about the risks, specific dangers and the legal aspects of sports betting.

Gambling all you´ve got?

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This flyer aims to inform above all young people about sports betting online or in betting shops, and sensitises them toward its risks.

Life online is fun – if it's not overdone

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA)

This brochure is aimed at parents of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years, who wish to know more about how to correctly handle media and the consequences of excessive media consumption. The brochure is conceived especially to prevent addiction-like behaviour among young people, such as computer gaming and internet-related disorders.