Italy makes the vaccination of children obligatory
Published on: 26/06/2017
From September 2017, vaccination will be a prerequisite for enrolling children in schools. Parents will have to prove via the health book that vaccinations have taken place and that they continue to do so, otherwise the child will not be able to attend school.
From primary school and beyond, there will be no prohibition to the enrollment and attendance, but a fine of up to 7,500 thousand euros will be imposed on the parents who still refuse to vaccinate their children. Plus, a special juvenile court will have the right to decide, if it deems it necessary, to remove parental custody!
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni stressed out that the new regulation aims at fighting "unscientific theories" that have led to a reduction in vaccinations in recent years, and Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin underlined that these vaccines are the start to the real care of public health.
It is worth noting that, due to the anti-vaccination movement, from January to March 2017 there were more than 700 cases of measles, a number three times higher than that recorded in the same period last year.
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