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Italian Government Acts on Child Vaccination

Posted 450 days ago | 12.03.19

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Italian Government Acts on Child Vaccination

Amid a rise in the number of measles cases, the Italian government has enacted a new law to encourage parents to take proper vaccination action. Unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated parents have been told not to bring their children to school.

Months of national debate over compulsory vaccination have led to this decision. And parents risk being fined up to €500 if they send their unvaccinated children to school. Children under six can be turned away under these new rules.

Under Italy's so-called Lorenzin law  (named after the former health minister who introduced it) children must receive a range of mandatory immunisations before attending school. They include vaccinations against chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

The deadline for certification was due to be 10 March after a previous delay, but as it fell on a weekend, it was extended to Monday. Health Minister Giulia Grillo said: "Now everyone has had time to catch up.” She added that the rules were simple: no vaccine, no school. 

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