New Italian law requires students to be vaccinated or face repercussions

Henrietta Strickland
March 13, 2019

Older children can attend school without being fully vaccinated, but parents face fines of 100 to 500 euros (C$151-754), and local health authorities will then schedule vaccinations for the children to make sure they get caught up.

But in a reversal of policy, the coalition fell into line with mainstream medical opinion and insisted that as of this week, children attending school must receive immunisations for a range of infectious diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella and polio.

Nursery school and kindergarten programs will not accept children ages 6 and below unless their immunizations can be verified, the outlet said. Students of that age reportedly can't be barred from classes.

"No vaccine, no school", Giulia Grillo, Italy's Minister of Health, told La Repubblica.

According to BBC, the new law came amid a surge in measles cases - but Italian officials say vaccination rates have improved since it was introduced. 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.

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.

This stance follows months of debate over compulsory vaccination, both in Italy and across the world.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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