Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children

Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children
BBC  19 May 2017
The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools.
Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni blamed a decrease in vaccinations in part on a “spread of anti-scientific theories”.
Italy has recorded nearly three times as many measles cases so far this year than for all of 2016.
If children are not vaccinated by the age of six, the school starting age, their parents will be fined…
In Italy, the number of two-year-olds vaccinated against measles has dropped from more than 90% to below 80%. This is well short of the World Health Organization’s recommended coverage of 95% or more.
“The lack of appropriate measures over the years and the spread of anti-scientific theories, especially in recent months, has brought about a reduction in protection,” Mr Gentiloni told a press conference on Friday.
The twelve conditions children must be immunised against are: polio; diphtheria; tetanus; hepatitis B; haemophilus influenzae B; meningitis B; meningitis C; measles; mumps; rubella whooping cough; chickenpox.
“We are sending a very strong message to the public,” said Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin…