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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.

Frequently asked questions about the Measles Protection Law

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

In Germany, the Measles Protection Law applies. Here you find an FAQ about this law.

Obesity among children and adolescents

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This brochure informs parents about steps they can take and treatment options if their children are overweight.

Good for us - Preventing obesity 

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This brochure provides important information for families on how to prevent children and adolescents from becoming overweight with exercise, diet and relaxation.

Early childhood examinations and screenings for your child 

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

The German healthcare system offers ten free early screening examinations for children from 0 to 6  years. This brochure gives parents a first overview of the health screening programmes and practical tips for the first time with their child.

I’m ready to quit smoking - the ten best tips to help me quit smoking

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

It’s not easy to stop smoking. This leaflet includes the ten best tips to help you quit for good.

I’m ready to quit smoking

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This plain language leaflet is a practical guide to help you stop smoking 

Smoke-free during pregnancy and after birth

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Smoking during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, but also after birth harms the child. This brochure informs about risks, support for smoking cessation as well as free services.  

Pregnant? And you must keep it secret?

Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend 

This flyer informs about free and anonymous counselling in case of secret pregnancies.

Why shaking is so dangerous?

Nationales Zentrum Frühe Hilfen

When parents lose control – even only for a few seconds – and end up shaking their baby, they can inflict life-long damage. This flyer informs about the health risks involved, gives parents tips on how to respond to stressful situations and tells them where to get help.

Little Red Cross Guide

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz

This flyer provides important information on how to correctly respond in an emergency - from making an emergency call to CPR.

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.

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.

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.

tip doc HIV

TipDoc

The tip doc documentation aids support the communication between medical professionals and patients. Here you find information about HIV infection, symptoms, treatment and background.

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.

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.

Coronavirus vaccination in Germany

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This leaflet provides important information on the COVID-19 vaccines approved in Germany and their modes of action.

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.

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.

Hygiene protects!

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

This poster shows the most important hygiene tips for protecting yourself and other from infectious diseases.

Information sheet on vaccination against COVID-19 with mRNA vaccines

Robert Koch-Institut

The information sheet on vaccination with the currently available mRNA vaccines Comirnaty® by BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna’s  COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna® includes important information on vaccination.

Information Sheet for Vaccination against Monkeypox – with the Imvanex®/JYNNEOS® smallpox vaccine from Bavarian Nordic

Robert Koch-Institut

This sheet provides information about the symptoms and transmission of monkeypox and vaccination against it.

Information leaflet about the preventive vaccination against hepatitis B

Robert Koch - Institut

Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver caused by an infection with the hepatitis B virus that can be transmitted through the blood or the body fluids of an infected person.  Here you find information on the disease and the current vaccination recommendations.

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.

 

Oral health

Refugium Flucht und Gesundheit

This flyer explains why oral and dental health is so important and how to maintain it.

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.

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.

AIDS and HIV - Current Knowledge, Protection and Treatment

Ethno-medizinisches Zentrum e.V.

This guide provides information on HIV and AIDS, prevention measures and therapy options as well as other topics including safer sex/drug use, contraception and pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STI), tuberculosis and viral hepatitis.

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.

Information about polio and polio vaccination

Robert Koch - Institut

Polio is a highly contagious viral disease. It can cause lasting paralysis (lameness, palsy) of the arms or legs and even the muscles needed for breathing,  Here you find information about the disease, transmission and vaccination against polio.

Medical rehabilitation through German Pension Insurance: Support for People with Chronic Illness

Ethno-medizinisches Zentrum e.V.

Medical rehabilitation helps chronically ill persons to reduce the effects of their illness. The guide provides information about the steps involved, how to file an application and answers frequently asked questions.

Medical rehabilitation through German Pension Insurance: Support for children and adolescents with chronic illness

Ethno-medizinisches Zentrum e.V.

Medical rehabilitation offers children and adolescents with chronic illness targeted support to improve their health situation and quality of life. This guide informs parents about rehabilitation services and helps file an application.

Medical rehabilitation through German Pension Insurance: Support for adolescents who children and adolescents with chronic illness (version for young people)

Ethno-medizinisches Zentrum e.V.

Medical rehabilitation offers children and adolescents with chronic illness targeted support to improve their physical and mental health. This guide was written for children and adolescents and answers frequently asked questions.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Health Guide - HPV Vaccination

Ethno-medizinisches Zentrum e.V.

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are the most significant cause for the emergence of cervical cancer. This guide provides information about the HPV virus, the possible consequences of getting infected and vaccination against it.

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.

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.

Hospice and Palliative Care - Available Services and Making Provisions for the Future

Ethno-medizinisches Zentrum e.V.

This guide provides information about home care and residential care services, patients’ rights, making provisions for the future and important assistance and counselling services.

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.

Addiction is an illness

Ethno-medizinisches Zentrum e.V.

This guide includes information for interested individuals, those affected and their loved ones on the various types of addiction, addictive substances, assistance measures and prevention.

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.

Monkeypox

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that is characterised by a rash in the form of spots through to pustules. Here you find information about infection, treatment of and protection from monkeypox.

Borreliosis

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Borreliosis, also known as Lyme disease, is primarily transmitted by ticks.  Here you find information about infection, treatment and protection against borreliosis.

TBE (tick-borne encephalitis)

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

TBE is an inflammation of the brain and brain membranes that is caused by a virus. This sheet provides information about infection, treatment and protection against TBE.

Flu (Influenza)

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

The real flu, also referred to as influenza, is an acute disease of the respiratory system. Here you find information about infection, treatment and protection against the flu.

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD)

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

HFMD is caused by viruses and its symptoms include a rash in or around the mouth, on the palms of the hands and on the soles of the feet.  This sheet provides information on transmission, infection and treatment.

Hepatitis A

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Hepatitis A is a liver infection that is caused by a virus. This sheet provides information about infection, treatment and protection against hepatitis A.

Whoopting cough (pertussis)

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a respiratory infection. It is caused by bacteria and is highly contagious. Here you find information about infection, treatment and protection against whooping cough.

Scabies

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Scabies is a contagious human skin infection caused by the itch mite. Here you find information about infection, treatment and protection against this disease.

Legionella

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Legionella are bacteria that cause different symptoms in persons, from flu-like ones to severe pneumonia. This sheet provides information about infection, treatment and protection against Legionella.

Measels

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Measles is caused by viruses and is highly contagious. In Germany, vaccinations have ensured that measles infections are now much less common. Here you find information about measles infection, symptoms and vaccination.

Meningococcal

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Meningococcal infection is a severe disease that can become life-threatening within just a few hours. It can cause meningitis or a bloodstream infection. Here you find information about infection, the symptoms of and protection against meningococcal disease.

Mumps

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Mumps is an infectious disease which is particularly characterised by inflammation and swelling of the parotid glands. This sheet provides information about infection, symptoms and protection against this disease.

Noroviruses

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Noroviruses occur around the world and usually cause gastrointestinal problems Here you find information about infection, treatment and protection against noroviruses.

Ringel rubella

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Ringel rubella are caused by a virus and usually manifest as a mild flu-like illness with a rash. This sheets provides information about infection, treatment and protection against ringel rubella.

Rubella

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Rubella is caused by viruses and is highly contagious.  The illness can include a rash and flu-like symptoms. Here you find information about infection, treatment and protection against rubella.

Rotaviruses

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Rotaviruses are one of the most common causes of gastrointestinal illnesses in small children and are highly contagious. This sheet informs about infection, treatment and protection against rotaviruses.

Salmonella

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Salmonella is a typical food-borne infection that causes diarrhoea.  Here you find information about infection, treatment and protection against Salmonella.

Scarlet Fever

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Scarlet fever is one of the most common bacterial childhood infections. In most cases, it causes throat inflammation and a skin rash.  This sheet provides information about infection, treatment and protection against scarlet fever.

Tuberculosis

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria. The pathogens mostly affect the lungs, where the first symptom they produce includes coughing, but can also invade almost any other organ. This sheet provides information about infection, treatment and protection against tuberculosis.

Chickenpox/ Shingles

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung

Chickenpox infection usually occurs in childhood and manifests as fever and an itchy rash.  Once the patient has recovered, the virus remains dormant in the body and can reactivate many years later, causing shingles.  Here you find information about infection, treatment and protection against these diseases.