Children who haven’t been vaccinated will be banned from going to schools in Italy after a rise in measles cases across the country.
The Lorenzin law, implemented by the Five Star Movement (M5S), will mean parents who send their children to school without vaccinations will face a fine up to 500 euros.
Under the new law, children under six years old will also be sent home from nursery if they haven’t been vaccinated.
The law states that children must be immunized against viruses including measles, rubella, mumps, polio, and chickenpox before going to school.
However, the ban left many parents claiming their children are inoculated just so they could enter schools.
The current Italian health minister Giula Grillo said to La Repubblica newspaper: “Now everyone has had time to catch up.”
“No vaccine, no school,” she added.
The ban was introduced as authorities try to struggle with the sudden surge of measles cases across the country.
According to the World Health Organization, Italy hadn’t met its 95 percent recommended vaccination rate. There were 165 cases of measles reported in January.
The case for required vaccinations was propelled when an 8-year-old cancer survivor was placed at risk because of unvaccinated kids in his school.
It was in 2017 when masses of people protested against vaccination law but after racing a rise in measles cases across the country, the government made vaccinations mandatory for all children.
The ban followed the decision made by the parents of over 40 students in America to file a federal lawsuit to get their unvaccinated kids back in school. The children had been told that they wouldn’t be allowed to attend classes as they hadn’t been immunized against measles.
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