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Italy Bans Students Who Aren't Vaccinated From Schools


Amid a surge in measles cases in Italy, the government has told parents not to bring their kids to school unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated. Parents who ignore the rule and bring unvaccinated kids to school could be fined up to €500 ($560.)

The Lorenzin law, named after the former health minister who introduced it, says that children must receive a range of 10 mandatory immunizations before attending school, unless a doctor rules that the child cannot receive vaccinations. They include vaccinations for chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. 

Children up to the age of 6 years old can also be excluded from nursery and kindergarten without proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated children aged between 6 and 16 can not be banned from attending school, but parents will face fines if they don't get their children mandatory immunizations.