According to new legislation in Italy, parents have been advised not to send their children to school if they haven’t received the 10 compulsory vaccines.
Parents are also putting themselves at risk of being fined with $564 if they do decide to send their children to school unvaccinated.
Following a measles outbreak in the country, officials in Italy say that the vaccination rates have improved after the legislation was first introduced.
Even though children aged from 6 to 16 can’t be turned away from attending school, their parents can face hefty fines.
Children below the age of 6, however, will be banned from kindergartens and nursery if they haven’t received the vaccinations. Giulia Grillo, the Health Minister of Italy told La Repubblica that everyone has time to catch up, but the rules are rules: No vaccine, No school!
Well, she’s not messing around!
Children that are unable to be vaccinated due to medical conditions are exempt from the requirement and can, therefore, attend school.
Children must have a range of immunizations before they can attend school in Italy, and they include the vaccines for polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pertussis, measles, rubella, mumps, chicken pox, and Haemophilus influenzae type B.
In the area of Bologna, the local authority has sent letters to suspension to the parents of more than 300 children.
The legislation was passed after the country’s vaccination rate dropped to 80%, and they are expecting that number to rise to at least 95%.