Italian children will be banned from nursery school unless their parents have them vaccinated. With cases of diseases like measles on the rise, the government approved a package of measures on July 28, and today released a circular explains the measures in full. The legislation makes 10 vaccines obligatory for admission to nursery and elementary schools for children up to six years old, while four others are strongly recommended. An exception will be made only if a family doctor or paediatrician certifies that the child is allergic to vaccines. Parents who fail to comply will face fines of up to 500 euros.
The Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin said the measures provided “a shield for our children against the very serious diseases that are still among us”. Mandatory vaccinations were dropped for school admissions in Italy almost 20 years ago and since then the number of 2-year-olds being inoculated against measles has …
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