Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Unvaccinated children in Italy banned from preschool under new law

Italy health minister Unvaccinated children in Italy banned from preschool under new law
Samantha Long | 14 March, 2019, 17:37

Italian children are no longer allowed to attend school unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated under a new law.

Children can not attend nursery schools unless they are vaccinated, and parents of elementary and middle school pupils risk fines of up to 500 euros if they don't have doctor's notes showing that their children were vaccinated against the required diseases.

Nursery school and kindergarten programs will not accept children ages 6 and below unless their immunizations can be verified, the outlet said.

Those aged between six and 16 can not be banned from attending school, however their parents do face fines for not following the mandatory course of vaccinations.

In Bologna, 300 children were suspended from school, according to Italian media reports, while 37 were turned away in the northern Veneto region.

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Following months of fiery debate - and measles outbreaks - a new law banning unvaccinated children from Italy's classrooms has come into effect.

"No vaccine, no school", she said of the new rules.

"Italy's measles vaccine coverage was par with Namibia, lower than Ghana", San Raffaele University in Milan 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 mandatory vaccinations include chickenpox, polio, mumps, rubella, and - perhaps most crucially at this time - measles.

According to the BBC, Italy has fallen behind other countries in terms of vaccination rates.

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