Unvaccinated Kids Are Now Banned From Schools In Italy

Henrietta Strickland
March 12, 2019

Children under six can be barred from attending nursery schools and kindergartens if their parents fail to present written evidence that they have had the required vaccinations.

Under the new law, children must now receive a range of mandatory vaccinations before attending school. Without the shots, they must stay home. Parents were given a deadline to provide proof of vaccination for five different conditions: chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.

Those aged between six and 16 can not be banned from attending school, but their parents face fines if they do not complete the mandatory course of immunisations.

The city of Bologna reportedly has at least 300 children who now do not comply with the vaccination requirements and are at risk of suspension from school. It threatened to overturn the mandatory vaccination law passed by the previous government but ended up scrapping its plans in the face of criticism as the country experienced a measles outbreak last summer. When in 2017 former Italian health minister Beatrice Lorenzin introduced a policy to obligate children to undergo 10 compulsory vaccinations, a survey found between a quarter and half of the population opposed the new scheme.

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

In British Columbia, which is now experiencing a small measles outbreak, parents started a petition calling for mandatory vaccinations to attend school.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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