Italian parents could be fined for sending unvaccinated children to school

Unvaccinated children in Italy banned from preschool under new law

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

Under the "Lorenzin law", parents had until March 10, 2019, to provide documentation showing their child had been inoculated with a number of vaccinations, as reported by RAI News, Italy's national public broadcaster.

Children under age six will be excluded from nursery and kindergarten without proof of vaccinations under the new law.

"Now everyone has had time to catch up", Health Minister Giulia Grillo told La Repubblica. The waiver was heavily criticised by the scientific and medical community, which said it could reverse progress made in boosting Italy's vaccination rates in recent years.

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In Bologna, 300 children were suspended from school, according to Italian media reports, while 37 were turned away in the northern Veneto region. ". No vaccine, no school".

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

The required vaccinations are polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pertussis, measles, rubella, mumps, chicken pox and Haemophilus influenzae type B. That's the point at which so many people have been vaccinated against a given disease that those that have forgone their shots will still be unlikely to catch it, but it's hard to see what goal a "flexible" system serves beyond preserving opt-outs for antivaxxers. It threatened to overturn the mandatory vaccination law passed by the previous government but ended up scrapping its plans in the face of criticism as the country experienced a measles outbreak last summer.

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