As conversations about the safety of vaccines have taken a worldwide stage in the last couple of years, and as parents have started to do their own research, (and as other families stories about vaccine damage have come to the forefront) people have started to make their own decisions about when- and if- to vaccine. Because of that, last Friday the government of Italy passed a new law requiring 12 vaccines for children attending school up to age 16.
At a news conference, Premier Paolo Gentiloni explained that the new rules were aimed at combating what they see as “anti-scientific theories that have lowered Italy’s vaccination rates in recent years.”
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The 12 vaccines, which include measles, rubella, chickenpox, tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis B are now mandatory beginning in September, for children attending Italian pre-schools through the second year of high school. Also, without proof of vaccination, children won’t be accepted into nursery or pre-schools (without the certification, parents will face hefty fines for noncompliance). The certification will be required every year.