Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Unvaccinated Kids Are Now Banned From Schools In Italy

Unvaccinated Kids Are Now Banned From Schools In Italy

Unvaccinated children are now banned from attending preschool in Italy, as a new law came into effect this week.

The action takes place after months of national debate over imposed vaccination. Children between 6 and 16 can not be flat-out banned from attending school, but parents will face fines up to $560 for sending their unvaccinated kids to class.

The BBC wrote that the law was passed to bolster flagging Italian vaccination rates, which is in part due to a growing movement of anti-vaccination activists (widely known as antiaxxers).

In Bologna, suspension letters were sent to the parents of 300 children.

The deadline for parents to provide proof of vaccination was on Monday, according to news reports.

The law, passed in 2017 by a previous government, requires children to be vaccinated against 10 diseases in order to attend daycare and nursery school.

The required vaccinations are polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pertussis, measles, rubella, mumps, chicken pox and Haemophilus influenzae type B.

"Italy's measles vaccine coverage was par with Namibia, lower than Ghana", San Raffaele University microbiology and virology professor Roberto Burioni told CNN previous year.

"No vaccine, no school", Giulia Grillo, Italy's Minister of Health, told La Repubblica. The waiver was heavily criticised by the scientific and medical community, which said it could reverse progress made in boosting Italy's vaccination rates in recent years.

Across the world, health authorities are grappling with a global resurgence of measles, with record numbers recorded in Europe and deadly outbreaks in the Philippines and Madagascar.

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