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Germany: parents face fines over child vaccinations


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Germany: parents face fines over child vaccinations

Germany is pressing ahead with plans to introduce fines for parents who fail to seek medical advice on vaccinating their children.

The country’s health minister said the move was necessary to avoid a measles epidemic.

By April this year, there were 410 measle cases compared with just over 300 for the whole of last year, according to the Robert Koch Institute.

Kindergartens will be charged with enforcing the law by reporting parents who cannot prove they have had a medical consultation.

If parents are unable to prove they have had vaccination advice their children could be removed from day centres. The law is expected to go before parliament next month.

Germany’s stance compares with Italy, which recently ruled that children must be vaccinated for 12 diseases – including Hepatitis B, polio, measles and whooping cough – before they can attend state-run schools.

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