Italian parents could be fined for sending unvaccinated children to school

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 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.

If a child under age 6 has not been vaccinated, they will not able to attend kindergartens or schools.

Italian children lacking proof that they have been vaccinated were turned away from nurseries on Tuesday after the country's populist coalition reversed its previously sceptical stance on the need for compulsory jabs.

The mandatory vaccinations include chickenpox, polio, mumps, rubella, and - perhaps most crucially at this time - measles.

Children who are unable to get vaccinated due to medical reasons are exempt from the requirement.

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

"No vaccine, no school", health minister Giulia Grillo told La Republica newspaper.

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

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

The new rules came into force on Tuesday and are part of the so-called "Lorenzin law", named after former Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin. Those people believe that vaccines are unsafe and, depending on what misinformation they have absorbed, can cause everything from autism and attention deficit disorder to "vaccine overload", a made-up condition that is not an actual medical term.

"Italy is part of a global trend of distrust in mediators-doctors and scientists-who can interpret and explain data", La Sapienza University of Rome history of medicine and bioethics teacher Andrea Grignolio told CNN in 2018.

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