People Rejoice After Italy Bans Unvaccinated Students From Preschools

Italy has introduced a policy that bans children under six from attending school if they are unvaccinated and imposes fines of up to 500 euros on parents of older unvaccinated children.

While the law, which requires students have 10 important vaccinations including against measles, was passed in 2017, a temporary measure suspended the requirement that students have a doctor’s note. Now that note is required, effectively banning students who are unvaccinated from attending preschool and fining older students who are unvaccinated.

The anti-vaxx movement has increasingly been in the news in the US in recent years and the phenomenon also exists in Italy, where, according to the BBC, measles outbreaks led to the adoption of the new policy:

The new law came amid a surge in measles cases – but Italian officials say vaccination rates have improved since it was introduced.

According to the New York Times the change will affect roughly 300 students in Bologna and dozens more across the country.

Italian anti-vaxxers have protested against the idea of mandatory vaccinations in large numbers in the past.

One tweet called the new policy a “Medical Dictatorship.”

However the majority of observers appeared to be on board with a policy that would protect children and the general public.


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