Italian children have been told not to turn up to school unless they can prove that they have been properly vaccinated. "Now, children who are not vaccinated will endanger other children at school who are too small for vaccines or can not be vaccinated because they suffer from immunosuppressive diseases". The consequences for failing to comply with the legislation reportedly varies depending on how old the child is.
The deadline for parents to provide proof of vaccination was on Monday, according to news reports.
The two parties that make up Italy's government - The League and the Five Star Movement - had criticised the policy of compulsory vaccinations, both before and after they came to power last summer.More news: Lady Gaga Shuts Down Pregnancy Rumors & Teases New Music
The city of Bologna reportedly has at least 300 children who now do not comply with the vaccination requirements and are at risk of suspension from school.
Italy's so-called Lorenzin law, named after the former health minister who introduced it, states children must receive a set of mandatory injections before attending school.
"No vaccine, no school", health minister Giulia Grillo told La Republica newspaper.More news: VW brand to cut up to 7,000 jobs
Parents are now facing fines if their unvaccinated children attend school. ". No vaccine, no school". The BBC added that Italian media reported regional authorities are "handling the situation in a number of different ways", with no notices of suspension reported in some areas and grace periods allowed in others.
Across the world, health authorities are grappling with a global resurgence of measles, with record numbers recorded in Europe and deadly outbreaks in the Philippines and Madagascar.
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