Italy bans unvaccinated children from public schools

By | March 12, 2019

Italy has banned unvaccinated children from returning to public school.

Parents who send their unvaccinated child to school are subject to a 500 euro fine, roughly $ 565 USD, for putting the health of their peers in jeopardy. The law stipulated that schoolchildren must receive vaccinations for 10 diseases, including chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

The discussion over unvaccinated individuals has been at the forefront of U.S. discourse after global outbreaks of diseases once considered under tight control. On Tuesday, a New Hampshire man contracted measles after a trip abroad, being sent straight to the hospital after his arrival at Logan International Airport in Boston.

Immigration facilities in Texas have also seen nearly 200 cases of mumps among detainees since October of last year.

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 230 cases of measles have been reported in 12 states. New York, Washington, Texas, Illinois, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Oregon, and now New Hampshire have seen cases of measles in 2019 alone.

[Opinion: Treat anti-vaxxers like the dangerous conspiracy theorists they are]