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Italy changes laws over unvaccinated children attending school

Italy changes laws over unvaccinated children attending school”

Under the new law, children must now receive a range of mandatory vaccinations before attending school. If they're between ages 7 to 16, their parents will face a fine.

Italian children have been told not to turn up to school unless they can prove that they have been properly vaccinated.

After months of heated debate, a law in Italy has finally entered into force, mandating that children must be vaccinated to be accepted into school. However, previous year the Health Ministry - headed by a member of the Five Star Movement political party, whose co-founder the paper noted has brought up conspiracy theories linking vaccination to autism - issued a temporary rule allowing parents to simply state the children had been vaccinated rather than receiving a note from a doctor. These vaccines include polio, measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. However, the B.C. government has said that it is only planning to require mandatory reporting of vaccination status in the upcoming school year.

Health Minister Giulia Grillo said the rules were now simple: "No vaccine, no school".

Parents are at risk of being fined up to €500 (AUD$800) if they sent their unvaccinated children to school and children under six can be turned away.

Regional authorities are taking care of the situation through different ways, report Italian media.

The goal of the law, according to a government website, is to fight the gradual decline in Italy's vaccination rates.

While immunization rates hovered around 80 per cent in 2017, when the law was passed, the Times added, the country now is nearing (and in some areas has already met) the World Health Organization target of 95 per cent.



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