How to call in sick

If you are sick, you cannot work. However, in order to avoid trouble with superiors at work and to ensure that wages continue to be paid, certain rules must be observed. Sick leave plays a very important role in this. What do you do if you cannot work because you are ill? The most important thing is to inform the employer immediately. If you are suffering from flu or have broken your foot, you must inform the company immediately and also tell them how long you will be absent. This can be done by phone or email, according to the… Read More

Orientation for parents: The vaccination calendar

In Germany, there are vaccination recommendations for children to protect them from various diseases. These recommendations are published by the Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO). There is also a vaccination calendar there that parents can use to get an overview of when their children should be vaccinated against which diseases. The recommended vaccinations include measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and tetanus. With one exception, these are recommendations: Only for measles is there a vaccination requirement for children older than one year who go to kindergarten, daycare or later to school. Vaccinations are paid for by the statutory health insurance funds.… Read More

No amalgam fillings for pregnant women and nursing mothers

Pregnant women and nursing mothers are not allowed to receive dental fillings containing amalgam. This is regulated in an EU directive that has been in force in Germany since 2018. The ban also applies to children and young people under the age of 15. This means that patients can receive other fillings— mostly made of plastic—without co-payments during this time. “People insured by a statutory health insurance fund are entitled to a filling for which they do not have to pay a co-payment in any case. The dentist must point this out in the consultation before the start of treatment,”… Read More

Problems of refugees in the health care system

A scientific study shows: Refugees often cannot cope with the German healthcare system. This is the result of an analysis by the medical faculty of the Charité in Berlin. The reasons are primarily language barriers and a lack of information about health care structures. “Many affected people do not know, for example, that the family doctor’s office is the central point of contact.” Furthermore, in addition to language barriers, a lack of time and a lack of medical professionals also caused problems. The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs and Health wrote in a press release. The ministry commissioned the study… Read More

Tips for protection against heat

Dizziness, headaches, exhaustion, nausea and vomiting: These can be consequences of great heat if the body is not yet accustomed to it. Particularly at risk are babies, small children, but also the chronically ill and the elderly if they take certain medications or drink too little. This was pointed out by Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Health Manfred Lucha. The Ministry of Health has published a series of tips on how to behave: stay in cool rooms, especially during the midday heat, and generally in the shade if possible. Postpone outdoor activities until cooler hours. Drink enough and eat only light meals.… Read More

Appointment service center: telephone help in finding a doctor

Currently, it is often difficult to get a doctor’s appointment. This is especially true for visits to specialists and is a problem even if you have a referral. Sometimes it helps to go to the doctor’s office in person during office hours. Many doctors also have the option of making an appointment online. If you still have to keep looking, you can find help at the appointment service of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Baden-Württemberg (KVBW). It arranges appointments with specialists free of charge from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. under the telephone number 116 117 and also… Read More

Blood donations can save lives

After accidents or during operations, seriously injured or sick people need blood donations. Around 15,000 blood donations are needed every day in Germany, writes the German Red Cross (DRK). They save lives. How does a blood donation work? Before donating, you have to register. Those wishing to donate must bring a valid ID with them. They should be at least 18 and no more than 65 years old. After that, important health data such as body temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin level in the blood are determined. Those willing to donate then fill out a questionnaire about their health… Read More

What to do after anaesthesia?

Even before an anaesthetic for an operation (OP) or a local anaesthetic at the dentist, patients should know a few things. Doctors say that the following applies in general: Reactivity can be worse, especially when driving or cycling. For this reason, doctors recommend that patients be driven home after the treatment. This also applies if patients are given drops by the ophthalmologist to dilate the pupils. Doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries or clinics usually provide verbal or written information about the correct behaviour after anaesthesia. For example, a leaflet for patients at a dental practice in the district of Tübingen states:… Read More

Sports club voucher for the little ones

“During the Corona pandemic, many sports facilities were closed for a long time. Those who suffered most were the children,” says Tübingen’s Mayor for Social Affairs, Order and Culture, Dr. Daniela Harsch. “Even after the pandemic, we want to ensure that children have easy access to a healthy lifestyle.” Launched as a pilot project during Corona, the sports club voucher offer for children on their fourth birthday is now firmly established. Among the offerings is a yoga class for children ages four to six at the Family Education Center (FBS). In the soccer department of the Tübingen 03 sports club,… Read More

No more masks from Easter

The obligation to wear masks ends throughout Germany on Good Friday, 7 April. However, FFP2 masks must still be worn in certain cases until this date. This applies to visitors in hospitals and care facilities. In addition, patients and visitors in doctors’ surgeries, dialysis and other health care facilities such as rehabilitation clinics must also wear FFP2 masks until 7 April. See tun23032901 FFP2-Masken. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Martin Klaus. 001001      

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