Germany will ban children from school if they have not had measles to eradicate the disease
Germany will ban children from school if they have not been vaccinated in an attempt to eradicate deadly measles
- The German cabinet has approved a bill to make the vaccine mandatory
- Children are rejected from school or daycare without proof of vaccine
- Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated can be fined £ 2250
- Teachers, health workers and refugee shelter staff would also need the shot
- The movement responds to growing skepticism from vaccines and more cases of measles
From March 2020, Germany will make vaccinations against child mugs compulsory, aimed at eradicating the potentially fatal disease, as the cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel has determined.
Children will only be admitted to kindergarten or school if they have had the jabs, health minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday.
Vaccinations are also compulsory for staff in daycare centers, educational institutions, medical facilities and refuge shelters.
German health minister Jens Spahn has announced a bill to make measles vaccination compulsory for all children, teachers, health workers and refugee reception staff
& # 39; We want to protect as many children as possible from measles infection, & # 39; said Spahn, aiming for coverage of at least 95 percent.
Violations will result in fines of up to € 2,500 (£ 2,250) under the bill that is expected to pass easily through the Bundestag parliament.
The German Pediatric Association has long required compulsory child vaccinations against measles and a range of other diseases.
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that global efforts to increase immunization coverage against deadly diseases are stagnating.
A child with measles rash on their body (stock photo). The German government wants to make vaccination compulsory
Last year, 350,000 measles cases were reported worldwide, more than double the number for 2017.
And they have quadrupled globally in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to the WHO.
Germany registered 543 cases last year and more than 400 cases this year.
The recovery of the disease in some countries was attributed to the so-called & # 39; anti-vax & # 39; movement, which is largely based on a 1998 publication linking the measles vaccine to autism that has since been exposed.
A measles vaccination is administered at a free measles vaccination clinic in the US city of Pittsburg (file photo)
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