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Italian parents could be fined for sending unvaccinated children to school

Italy health minister Unvaccinated children in Italy banned from preschool under new law
Celia Hoffman | 14 March, 2019, 17:38

Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend kindergarten in the city of Bologna this week.

The action takes place after months of national debate over imposed vaccination.

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.

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.

"Now, children who are not vaccinated will endanger other children at school who are too small for vaccines or can not be vaccinated because they suffer from immunosuppressive diseases". The waiver was heavily criticised by the scientific and medical community, which said it could reverse progress made in boosting Italy's vaccination rates in recent years.

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These include vaccinations for chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Children under 6 years old will be banned from attending nursery and kindergarten if parents can not provide proof of vaccination.

The last day for parents to turn in vaccine documents was Monday.

"Everyone has had time to catch up", Health Minister Giulia Grillo told La Repubblica newspaper.

Across the world, health authorities are grappling with a global resurgence of measles, with record numbers recorded in Europe and deadly outbreaks in the Philippines and Madagascar.

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