Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend kindergarten in the city of Bologna this week.
A 2017 law made 10 vaccines obligatory for children who enrolled in Italian schools, a response to a worrisome decline in vaccinations nationwide and a measles outbreak that same year. The consequences for failing to comply with the legislation reportedly varies depending on how old the child is.
Much like OR and Washington, Italy has been experiencing a measles outbreak due to unvaccinated children.
Regional authorities are taking care of the situation through different ways, report Italian media. At present, this target is not being achieved (it is now around 80 percent), said health officials.
According to the BBC, Italy has fallen behind other countries in terms of vaccination rates.
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The 95% threshold is the point at which "herd immunity" kicks in - when enough of the population is vaccinated for the spread of the disease to become unlikely, thereby protecting those who can not be vaccinated. His immune system was compromised as he was recovering from leukaemia.
The child had spent months receiving treatment for leukaemia, but was at risk of infection because a proportion of pupils in the school had not been vaccinated - including several in the same class. When the current coalition came to power, it said it would drop mandatory immunisations although it later reversed its position.
The anti-vaccination movement has been growing globally in recent years, sparking alarm from the World Health Organization.
Fears in the United Kingdom about vaccinations causing autism were recently disproved after the doctor making the claims was struck off the United Kingdom medical register for making the claims in a fraudulent paper which drew from a case study of only 12 children.